The First Batch of Azerbaijani Oil Is Expected in Belarus at Beginning of the Week
On March 7, the concern reported that, as part of agreements with the state oil company of Azerbaijan, SOCAR, a tanker with 90,000 tons of Azerbaijani oil arrived in the port of Odessa for subsequent transportation to Belarus using the Odessa-Brody pipeline, and then Brody-Mozyr pipeline. Deliveries of Russian oil to Belarusian refineries were stopped on January 1, as Moscow and Minsk didn't conclude an agreement on the terms of supplies for this year.
On March 7, the first batch of oil purchased from traders was delivered by rail from the port of Klaipeda to Naftan OJSC. After March 11 negotiations in Moscow with Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, Prime Minister of Belarus Sergei Rumas announced that the republic would monthly purchase at least two oil tankers from alternative Russian sources even if agreements were reached with major Russian oil companies to resume oil supplies.