Contents tagged with Belarus

  • 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 …

  • Head of Belarusian national telecommunications company detained in Minsk

    The General Director of the leading telecommunications company Beltelecom, Sergey Sivoedov, was detained and taken into custody in Belarus. He was arrested for allegedly receiving a 15 thousand euros bribe from an unnamed Russian citizen, who was also arrested. According to the Radio Liberty, in the press release of the country’s Committee for State Security (KGB), the arrested Russian national is marked with the letter “K”.

    The investigators believe that Sivoedov received a bribe from a …

  • Former Lukashenko's security chief accused of accepting a bribe from Russian company

    Investigation Department of the KGB of Belarus charged with taking a bribe the former Deputy Secretary of the Security Council, Andrei Vtyurin. He was detained on May 3, according to the KGB’s website.

    "The day before he was caught red-handed when receiving 148 600 US dollars from the representative of the Russian commercial structure "G" for assistance in promoting its interests in the Republic of Belarus", — said in a statement.

    The KGB said that the representative of the Russian company …

  • Belarus receives first clean oil supply from Russia

    Russian oil has crossed the border of Belarus, beginning its flow at the Mozyr refinery, reports Interfax referring to the press-service of the Belarusian oil concern Belneftekhim.

    "Oil meeting the standards, began to flow on May 2 at 12:40,” the press service of Belneftekhim said.

    On April 23, Belarus was forced to suspend the export of light oil products to Ukraine, Poland and the Baltic States due to the low-quality Russian oil. On the same day, Belarus held negotiations in Moscow on the …

  • Poland opens oil reserves after stopping supplies from Russia

    The Polish Energy Ministry has decided to use 800,000 tons of oil from its strategic reserves to compensate for the Russian oil that the country has not been receiving, Reuters reports, citing an official spokesperson.

    On 25 April, Poland announced that it had stopped accepting Russian oil through the Druzhba pipeline. Warsaw informed Gomeltransneft Druzhba, the Belarusian pipeline operator, that the oil refineries in Poland and Germany cannot accept oil with the quality indicators that were …

  • Belarus completely stops accepting oil from Russia

    Belarus has completely stopped accepting oil through the Druzhba pipeline until all the poor quality oil has been removed. At the same time, Russia claims that the oil contamination was deliberate sabotage.

    Andrey Verigo, CEO of the Druzhba pipeline’s operator, Gomeltransneft Druzhba, announced that Belarus had completely stopped accepting Russian oil through the pipe on Tuesday morning. Transit is expected to resume on 2 May, but only to a limited extent. Verigo believes that it will take “at …