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Belarus bought the first batch of oil in the United States

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Belarus declared about the plans of diversification of oil supplies amid the conflict with Russia in the beginning of the year purchased the first batch of us oil, said the representative of the state control Committee on Friday.

Belarus bought the first batch of oil in the United States

the First batch of oil from the U.S. will travel to Belarus this week. This was stated by U.S. Secretary of state Mike Pompeo and foreign Minister of Belarus Vladimir Makei.

the Arrival of the tanker with 80,000 tons of crude oil Bakken is expected in the port of Klaipeda at the beginning of June, after which the oil is delivered by rail to the Naftan refinery.

Washington "urges" Minsk to expand access for U.S. companies to implement the market reforms necessary for accession to the world trade organization (WTO). "This will help Belarus to reach its full trade and investment potential and to ensure its future," said Pompeo.

"we view the cooperation with the United States in the oil sector as a significant element of energy security of the state", - said in comments the Minister of foreign Affairs of Belarus Vladimir Makei.

amid dispute with Russia, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, accused Moscow of attempt at the sovereignty of Belarus, said that he would like to reduce the share of Russia in oil deliveries to 30-40%.

Earlier, Belarus has already acquired the batch of oil in Norway, Azerbaijan and Saudi Arabia.

Most Russian companies since the beginning of the year did not deliver oil to Belarusian refineries. Minsk and Moscow agreed to resume in late March supply amid falling global oil prices.

In the first quarter due to the reduction of supplies from Russia to Belarusian refineries were working at 50% load.

But in April, the plants received 2.0 million tons of oil that corresponds to the maximum average monthly processing volume. 1.56 million of them are made up of supplies from Russia.

Belneftekhim said earlier that in may, expects the delivery from Russia in the amount of 1.13 million tons.

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