At the “One Belt, One Road” summit in China, Vladimir Putin announced that he had discussed the low-quality oil supply situation with his Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko.
The president said it was necessary to conduct an investigation, not ruling out the involvement of Russian law enforcement and special services if the internal corporate investigation is not enough. “First of all, it is necessary to conduct an investigation at the level of Transneft itself, and to identify the place from which it came from, for what reasons, what it was ...,” explained Putin.
In turn, Russian Prime Minister, Dmitry Medvedev, ordered an inspection of the oil transportation along the Druzhba pipeline "in the direction of Belarus and Eastern Europe."
The head of government promised to punish those responsible for violations. “The verification materials were sent to the Prosecutor General’s Office,” he added.
“I commissioned an inspection in regards to the violation of the quality indicators of oil transported by Transneft PJSC in the direction of Belarus and Eastern Europe. The persons responsible for the violations committed will be punished, and the verification materials will be sent to the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation, ”wrote Dmitry Medvedev on Twitter.
As previously reported, Belneftekhim cooperation informed about the "contaminated oil" going through the pipe to Belarus.
Today, the head of the Lukashenko administration, Natalya Kochanova, said that Minsk expects that “all issues will be settled based on the assurances of the Russian president.”