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23 January 2020, 15:27

Compensation to Belarus for polluted Russian oil discussed

MINSK, 23 January (BelTA) – Prime Minister of Belarus Sergei Rumas talked to Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Russia to Belarus Dmitry Mezentsev over the phone to discuss topical matters of bilateral cooperation, including in the sphere of energy, BelTA learned from the website of the Belarusian government.

During the conversation the Russian side said they were ready to compensate for the damage caused to Belarusian partners by supplies of poor-quality oil in 2019.

The sides also discussed the expansion of cooperation between the Belarusian side and the Russian state space industry corporation Roscosmos.

BelTA reported earlier that on 19 April 2019 the Belarusian state petrochemical concern Belneftekhim registered a massive decrease in the quality of the Russian oil mixture Urals coming via the oil pipeline system Druzhba. The concentration of chlororganic compounds in oil exceeded standard thresholds dozens of times over. A number of countries stopped taking and processing Russian oil as a result. Both Belarusian oil refineries – OAO Naftan and Mozyr Oil Refinery – were forced to reduce their workload and suffered financial losses. Damage was also caused to the pipeline system.

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