Russia resumes oil supplies to Belarus

25th January 2011, Comments 0 comments

Russia on Tuesday resumed oil supplies to Belarus after a three-week pricing dispute amid a warming in relations between the neighbours, Russian national pipeline operator Transneft said.

The deliveries restarted at 1430 GMT, Transneft spokesman Igor Diomine told AFP, after they were suspended on January 1 due to a tax dispute over crude supplies.

Moscow late last year accused Mink of exporting part of the tax-free oil supplies it receives from Russia for domestic consumption and slapped export taxes on its deliveries.

But tensions eased after Russia supported Belarus when it faced possible sanctions from the United States and the European Union over controversial elections last month won by incumbent strongman President Alexander Lukashenko.

Last week Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Moscow would subsidise up to $4.1 billion (three billion euros) worth of cheap oil and would help its neighbour build a $6 billion nuclear plant.

© 2011 AFP

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