Minsk, February 6 - Neftegaz.RU. Lithuania
invites Belarus to intensively use its infrastructure to enable regular deliveries of oil and natural gas. Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevicius made the statement after meeting with his Belarusian counterpart Vladimir Makei, BelTA
Linas Linkevicius said: “We are ready to continue the practice of alternative oil deliveries that have already been done. We can discuss a more permanent process as well. We've talked about it during the meeting with the prime minister of Belarus. We should consider technical solutions, possibilities of natural gas deliveries. A great deal of work needs to be done.”
Vladimir Makei said that the possibility of importing natural gas
via Lithuania had not been discussed in detail yet. “We've discussed these matters but experts should be the ones to discuss specific things,” he said.
A Belarusian-Lithuanian economic forum is expected to take place in Klaipeda in May. The prime ministers of the two countries
will be able to meet and discuss the entire range of matters then.
BelTA reported earlier that Belarus is on the lookout for alternative sources to import oil from after Russia suspended oil deliveries on 1 January 2020 because the two countries had failed to reach an agreement on the price for oil. Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko instructed the government to diversify oil deliveries and try and import 30-40% of what the country needs from Russia
The head of state said: “We have to take steps and get 30-40% of oil from the Russia. We should import about 30% from the Baltic states and about 30% via Ukraine – it's been tried and tested. Kazakhstan may supply oil to us if Russia agrees to it. It is odd that our ally refuses to allow another ally of ours to supply oil to us. Well, this is the oil supply situation we have to deal with at present.”