Lithuania to lose Belarusian cargo: Moscow and Minsk start talks

By | September 4, 2020
Lithuania to lose Belarusian cargo: Moscow and Minsk start talks

The Russian and Belarusian authorities are discussing the idea of redirecting the transportation of oil products from the Republic of Belarus to Russia bypassing Lithuanian ports directly to Russia. This was stated by Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak.

Russia plans to implement direct deliveries of Belarusian oil products purchased by Russia through ports in St. Petersburg and Ust-Luga bypassing Lithuania. Economic conditions between ports, transport companies, and Belneftehim are being discussed now

Novak said.

Currently, the main routes of oil products from the REPUBLIC to Russia pass through Lithuanian ports. At the end of August, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko threatened an adequate response to the countries imposing sanctions against Belarus for the opaque elections of the head of state. In particular, Lukashenko instructed his government to put on the agenda the issue of reorienting trade flows from the Republic of Belarus to Russia via Lithuania to other areas. This is a matter of principle for Minsk, so the outcome of the negotiations on the redirection of cargo flows is almost a foregone conclusion. Thus, Lithuania is likely to lose Belarusian cargo soon.

Meanwhile, Vilnius continues the policy of rejecting the results of the elections in Belarus and is expanding the sanctions front against the RB. Thus, on September 2, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda visited Finland and called on local authorities to support The Baltic sanctions against Belarusian officials.

Lithuania takes a leading role in attracting the attention of the world community to what is happening in Belarus

Nauseda said.

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