Moscow. 18 Feb. Belarus bought 600 thousand barrels of Iranian oil, according to National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC).
“Belarus has gained 600 thousand barrels of Iranian light and heavy crude oil from the National Iranian oil company (NIOC) for shipment in February”, – said in a press release.
It noted that this is the first purchase of Iranian oil Republic after the lifting of international sanctions against Tehran last year.
The concern “Belneftekhim” did not confirm this information, however, emphasize that “the company is engaged in execution of orders of the President on diversification of oil supplies”.
As reported, due to differences in approaches to determining the price of Russian gas between Russia and Belarus there was a conflict of non-payment. In response Russia cut oil supplies to Belarus because of which the volume of oil processing of Belarusian oil refineries to 2016 has decreased by almost 20% to 18.6 million tons of oil.
In early February President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko said that for replacement of Russian oil in the Republic is looking for other countries oil for processing at its refineries. “In Venezuela we are going to extract oil now in Canada go, Iran agreed,” – said Lukashenko.
“Why cling to live, why to take us by the throat. It is clear that without Russian oil we dispense. We will be very difficult. But freedom, independence is very cost effective and is not assessed any money, no numbers. …We will still find a way. In Russia, unfortunately, do not understand,” – said the Belarusian President on 3 February, during the press conference.