Contents tagged with Belarus

  • Poland demands compensation from Russia for dirty oil

    Russia and Poland are currently conducting negotiations on how the chlorine-contaminated oil is to be discharged from the Druzhba pipeline, said Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak, as cited by TASS. Warsaw wants to know how much Russia will be willing to pay if Poland takes on the task of pumping out part of the substandard oil.

    Kozak noted that the matter of cleaning the pipeline has already been resolved with a number of other countries. “Standard oil is already being supplied to …

  • Ukraine imposes duties on cement from Russia, Belarus, and Moldova

    The Interdepartmental Commission on International Trade of Ukraine adopted a decision on May 21 to impose anti-dumping duties on import of cement clinkers and Portland cement from Russia, Belarus, and Moldova reports the Press-service of the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade (MEDT).

    Anti-dumping duties are imposed in the amount of 114.95% for goods from Russia, 57.03% for the products from Belarus and 94.46% for the goods from Moldova. The duties will be in effect for five years.

    The …

  • Belarus suspends transit of oil to Ukraine

    The transit of Russian oil from Belarus to Ukraine has been suspended due to the lack of free tankers in Ukraine that could store contaminated  oil, reported the press service of the Belneftekhim Concern.

    The oil routes leading to Ukraine are unstable and pumping has been suspended due to the lack of free tankers in Ukraine that could pump “dirty” oil through the pipelines. According to the new schedule, pumping will resume on night of May 19-20,” the concern noted.

    Belneftekhim also said …

  • Belarus hopes that it will maintain good relations with Ukraine after Poroshenko's departure

    Minsk hopes that Ukraine has a clear understanding of the importance of relationships with Belarus, stated by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus Vladimir Makei during the conference that was dedicated to the decade of the Eastern Partnership, BelTA reports.

     "I talked a lot on this topic with my colleague Klimkin. I think there is a clear understanding in Ukraine that Belarus is an important partner and they should never expect any negative actions from Belarus towards Ukraine," the …

  • Lukashenko: Dirty Russian oil cost Belarus ‘hundreds of millions’

    Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said that the damage caused to Belarusian companies by the “dirty” Russian oil in the Druzhba pipeline runs into the hundreds of millions of dollars, BelTA reports.

    “Journalists frequently mention this figure, and they are not far from the truth,” Lukashenko commented.

    The president explained that the assessment of the damage takes into account several factors. “The damage caused to the oil pipeline, the equipment itself in the pipeline – the pumps …

  • Ukraine resumes transit of Russian oil to Europe

    UkrTransNafta, Ukraine’s oil pipeline operator, announced that the transit of Russian oil through the Druzhba pipeline has now resumed after a temporary suspension due to contamination.

    “This became possible, in particular, after specialists from the Hungarian company MOL carried out additional analysis on the oil in the pipe, and confirmed their willingness to accept it,” the Ukrainian company said in a press release on Saturday 11 May.

    At the end of April, Russia’s oil exports through the …

  • Lukashenko: overthrow of power in Belarus is impossible

    President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko believes it is impossible to overthrow the power in his country by force, TASS reports.

    In his words, it is impossible to shift the power in Belarus, for example, as in Venezuela. As an example, Lukashenko also cited Libya and Syria.  

    "We have experienced all this: hybrid and heated clashes, and an attempt to overthrow the constitutional system and the current leadership. Starting from this street, where the traffic police cars were turned over, from …

  • Russia continues to restrict the import of Belarusian products

    Rosselkhoznadzor, Russian Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Supervision, imposes temporary restrictions on the import of products of three Belarusian enterprises from May 10, according to the press service of the agency.

    The measure is related to the violation of veterinary and sanitary requirements and norms of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU).

    Production of the Brest meat-packing plant is forbidden because of repeated detection of benzylpenicillin in sausage products. Also, …

  • Russian investigation: Oil contamination incident resulted from multi-million dollar theft

    On Tuesday Russia’s Investigative Committee released the first results of its investigation into the incident where the contamination of Russian oil led to the temporary suspension of oil transit through the Druzhba pipeline, which accounts for around 20% of the country’s oil exports.

    According to the investigation, the oil with organic chlorine compounds capable of “eating” pipes and refinery equipment ended up in Transneft’s system as the result of an embezzlement scheme.

    The six suspects, …

  • Ukraine starts receiving clean oil from Russia

    The press service of the Ukrainian national oil company Ukrtransnafta confirmed that Druzhba oil pipeline system in the Ukrainian direction began to receive high-quality oil from Russia.

    The oil pipeline operator specified that the fuel for further transportation to the EU is supplied from the linear production control station Mozyr of the pipeline operator Gomeltransneft Druzhba.

    Following Belarus, the Ukrainian side examined the sample and confirmed that the quality of the oil is now in …