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Minsk re-exports 6 mln tonnes of Russian oil in 2017 — Belarusian deputy PM

December 20, 2017, 14:41 UTC+3 MINSK

Taking advantage of its re-export rights, Belarus re-exported 6 mln tonnes of Russian oil from the 24 mln tonnes supplied to the republic this year

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MINSK, December 20. /TASS/. Taking advantage of its re-export rights, Belarus re-exported 6 mln tonnes of Russian oil from the 24 mln tonnes supplied to the republic this year, Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus Vladimir Semashko said on Wednesday.

"Yes, we used it (the right of re-export - TASS). We re-exported 6 mln tonnes, down to the very last drop," he stressed.

He explained that oil supplies were carried out not just in Western Europe.

"We supply a lot (of petroleum products - TASS) to Ukraine, Poland, the Baltic states," Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus said.

In April, Russia and Belarus reached an agreement on oil supplies until 2019. Under that deal, out of the 24 mln tonnes of oil delivered from Russia, 18 mln tonnes will be sent to Belarusian refineries for processing. Semashko explained that up to "6 mln tonnes will go through customs clearing twice.

"It is vital that duties raised from this double custom clearing will go to the budget of the Republic of Belarus," the minister said.

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