In a press-service of the President of Russia said that Moscow continues to help Belarusian partners, selecting Minsk for more than six billion dollars of loans in various tranches. About it reports “Interfax”.
The Kremlin stressed that Russia proceeds from the special nature of relations with Belarus. Also representatives of the President reminded that Russia from 2011 to 2015, duty free supplied of Belarus from 18 to 23 million tons of oil every year.
Earlier the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko said that Minsk has filed a lawsuit at the reduction of Russian oil supplies. He noted that initially, between the two countries was the agreement to supply 24 million tons of oil per year. Then this number was reduced several times, reaching eventually to 12 million tonnes.
Shortly before the information appeared that the Ministry of energy plans by 12 percent to reduce exports of oil to Belarus in the first quarter of 2017. Media wrote that the reduction is due to the fact that the parties before the end of last year failed to resolve the dispute over the payment of the debt of Minsk for gas. Lukashenko instructed the government to find an alternative to Russian oil supplies.