A tanker of Iranian oil in the port of Gdansk. 2016
A subsidiary of Belorusneft signed a contract with the Iranian NIOC shipment of oil to Belarus. Earlier the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko instructed to find alternative supplies of oil from Russia
National Iranian oil company (NIOC) announced that it has signed a contract with the Polish company Beloil Polska, which is a subsidiary of the state enterprise “Belorusneft”, for the supply of 600 thousand barrels. oil. This is stated in the press release, Iranian companies published on its website.
“This is the first purchase [Belarus] Iranian oil after removal from the Tehran international sanctions last year,” — said the press service of the NIOC.
It is expected that oil from Iran will be delivered to Odessa in Ukraine and Ventspils Latvia, where rail will go to Belarus. However, the logistics scheme is not yet agreed, the report said.
Informed about this transaction with reference to informed sources reported by Reuters.
In January, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko demanded from the Belarusian government to find alternative sources of oil supplies in connection with oil and gas dispute with Russia.
During a press conference on 3 February, Lukashenko made several critical remarks about Russia. He accused Moscow of violating international agreements. In addition, the President said that the government of Belarus has filed a lawsuit against Russia in connection with the reduction of Russian oil supplies. “The dispute was only for gas, and they began to cut the oil. We appealed, of course, to the court in accordance with our agreements,” — said Lukashenko at the meeting with journalists. The Belarusian leader said that “we agreed [on oil supplies from Russia to Belarus] to 24 million tonnes annually to 18 million tons was reduced, and generally speaking, 12 million will supply”.
The dispute between Russia and Belarus on oil and gas issue continues from the beginning of 2016. Minsk accused Moscow of setting unfair prices for gas and began unilaterally to pay for it at a lower price. Russia, in turn, has reduced duty-free oil supplies to Belarus, citing the underpayment for gas and short supply of petroleum products to Russia.
On 16 February, Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich said that Russia and Belarus have agreed on the text of the report on oil and gas, but a final agreement for the parties to reach so far failed. “We agreed on the text, which will be reported to the leadership, but this does not mean that the parties fully agreed with the text,” said he and added that there remained matters that the parties have no authority to decide on their level, and this “already reported to the leadership.”