GOMEL, December 8. /TASS/.
Belarus can export up to 1 mln tonnes of petroleum products through Russian ports in 2018 in case of favorable economic environment, chairman of the Belarusian petrochemical concern Belneftekhim Igor Lyashenko said Friday.
"The protocol of the agreement between Vladimir I. Semashko (Belarusian Deputy Prime Minister) and Arkady V. Dvorkovich (Russian Deputy Prime Minister) contains a reference of the Russian side that the Belarusian side will provide supplies of up to 1 mln tonnes of petroleum products to Ust-Luga provided that the economic environment is positive," he said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said earlier that Belarusian refineries should be obliged to use Russian infrastructure for oil supplies.
Head of Russian Railways Oleg Belozerov reported to Putin that the country’s refineries decline the services provided by Russian railroad operators in favor of the Baltic infrastructure, despite a 50% discount.
Currently, Russia supplies 24 mln tonnes of oil per year to Belarus on duty-free tariff, of which 18 mln tonnes are delivered for refining.
Belarus uses the infrastructure of Baltic countries for petroleum products exports.