Minsk Is Ready to Submit to Moscow Proposals for Compensation for Pollution at Druzhba
“We need to determine the damage that the plant suffered during the processing of dirty oil. The remaining parameters are basically determined. Our vision is there, and we are ready to transmit proposals and discuss to the Russian side”, he said. He added that Belarusian refineries won't receive losses in 2019, despite the pollution and tax maneuver of the Russian Federation.
"We can make a cautious certain forecast that we will not receive losses on the results of the factories in 2019", he said. At the same time, the costs of Belarus due to the tax maneuver in Russia for 9 months amounted to $ 240 million. “Based on the results of nine months, we tentatively estimate that the losses that the Republic of Belarus as a whole suffered are about $ 240 million”, he said.
Sizov added that Belarus also expects to sign an agreement with Kazakhstan on oil supplies during the visit of President Alexander Lukashenko in October 2019. "The agreement has been worked out, it is planned that it should be signed in October. It was planned that this will happen during the visit of the head of state", he said. Sizov said that the agreement won't stipulate volumes, supply conditions will be determined.
In early September, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko mentioned in an interview with reporters about working out the option of delivering alternative volumes of oil through Poland using two branches of the Druzhba pipeline, which is now transporting Russian oil. Today, oil supplies from the Russian Federation are cost-effective and expedient for Belarus.