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25 October 2019, 11:34

Belarus, Kazakhstan to consult with Russia on oil supplies via its territory

Aleksandr Lukashenko and Kassym-Jomart Tokayev
Aleksandr Lukashenko and Kassym-Jomart Tokayev

NUR-SULTAN, 25 October (BelTA) – Belarus and Kazakhstan will consult with Russia on oil supplies through its territory, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko told the media after his meeting with Kazakhstan President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev on 25 October, BelTA has learned.

According to the head of state, Belarus pays special attention to the diversification of oil supplies and is interested in importing this raw material from Kazakhstan.

“We have agreed to hold consultations with the Russian Federation in the near future. If we agree, Kazakhstan's oil will be delivered to Belarus through the pipelines located in Russia. I think we will reach an agreement,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.

As BelTA reported earlier, Belarus and Kazakhstan have agreed on oil supplies and are launching commercial negotiations. “We have agreed on the text of the intergovernmental agreement. The document will be subject to domestic approval. However, we have agreed to begin commercial negotiations with business entities without waiting for the signing of the document,” said Chairman of the Belarusian state petrochemical concern Belneftekhim Andrei Rybakov.

According to him, negotiations will be held at the Belarusian concern and the Ministry of Energy of Kazakhstan. The two agencies will supervise the talks. “We hope that in the near future we will find mutually acceptable forms of cooperation through contracts and implement plans to process oil from Kazakhstan at our refineries,” the Belneftekhim chairman added.

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