by PORTIA KENTISH
The president of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, has said that he may consider importing oil through Poland and the Baltic States, rather than Russia. The move comes just before Russia and Belarus announce the results of their Union State negotiations, putting the spotlight on the ties between the two countries.
The country currently imports crude oil for its refineries solely from Russia. However, Russia’s phasing out of de facto subsidies and previous contamination of a key oil pipeline has put this partnership in jeopardy. Mr Lukashenko and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin have not yet been able to secure an agreement in order to continue the oil exchange, forcing Belarus to find an alternate source.
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