The Russian authorities suspected “TANECO” (part of “Tatneft”) and “Salavatnefteorgsintez” (part of Gazprom) in the optimization of taxation in the supply of raw materials to Belarus, said Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich. Thursday, March 17, it became known that the governmental Commission on fuel and energy complex recommended “Gazprom” and “Tatneft” to suspend deliveries of petroleum products to Belarus.
According to Dvorkovich, it is not about the global revision of relations between Russia and Belarus in the oil and gas industry. “It was just two companies — JSC “TANECO” and “Salavatnefteorgsintez”. It was <…> of raw materials for production, i.e. straight-run gasoline to other products. Volumes have increased dramatically, so we, as with solvents, I noticed that it may be the scheme of optimization of taxation or customs duties and were given the recommendation to suspend deliveries pending clarification of the situation,” Dvorkovich said (quoted by TASS).
According to Dvorkovich, the two companies suspended deliveries. However, according to the rail freight forwarders, it did only “Tatneft”. “The enterprise of industrial railway transport” (“daughter” of “Salavatnefteorgsyntez” JSC) exported since the beginning of March in Belarus 8,5 thousand tons of distillate gas condensate (can be used as diesel fuel and in the production of high-octane gasoline). In February the company exported just 1.9 tonnes in January — 15 thousand tons.
The representative of Gazprom said that the subsidiary of the monopoly increased supplies of oil to Belarus in 2015 due to favorable market conditions. The resumption of supplies in March, the representative refused to comment. In “Tatneft” the situation is still not comment.
As reported two members of the Commission on the fuel and Energy sector, the sharp rise in the supply of petroleum products raised the head of the FCS Andrei Belyaninov. He said that this leads to a reduction of income to the Russian budget.