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11 April 2019

Lukashenko hosts government conference to discuss problems in Belarus-Russia relations

MINSK, 11 April (BelTA) – Belarus-Russia relations, including the existing problems the sides are trying to come to terms on, were discussed at the government conference held by Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko on 11 April, BelTA learned from Deputy Prime Minister Igor Petrishenko after the conference. 

Among other things the conference touched upon integration and the work of the relevant bilateral group, Russian restrictions on Belarusian food export, adjustments in taxation of the Russian oil industry, and negotiations on the gas price Belarus will pay as from 2020. Routine repairs of the oil pipeline used to deliver Russian oil to Belarus were mentioned as well. Igor Petrishenko said: “The head of state was informed about a number of peculiarities concerning oil transportation across Belarus. The existing oil pipeline, which crosses Belarus, works but needs additional routine maintenance because it has been in use for a long time. Our engineers and technical specialists have made certain conclusions saying the pipeline was supposed to be shut down for scheduled repairs 1.5 years ago.” 

Igor Petrishenko explained that at that time they decided to keep the oil pipeline in use in order not to fail their partners. They decided that measures would be taken to fix the pipeline on the go without shutting down certain sections of the pipeline. “Now due to considerations relating to ecology and green economy we see that we cannot perform maintenance on this pipeline without either shutting off certain parts or limiting their use. Our specialists and engineers are working on it. This matter was also on the agenda,” Igor Petrishenko added.