Russia and Belarus sign deal and end dispute

Russia and Belarus have ended a dispute over oil supply by signing a deal on Russian oil deliveries for one-third of Belarus’s import needs, confirms Russian deputy prime minister Igor Sechin on the country’s government website.

St Basil's Cathedral in Moscow

Ending a month-long dispute that echoed previous energy contract disagreements with Ukraine, and raised fears European supplies could be threatened, Sechin said the documents signed include tax-free oil deliveries for Belarusian domestic use, but for the amount proposed by Moscow initially.

The amount Moscow will supply is 6.3 million tonnes per year, with zero duty provisioned for volumes re-exported back to Russia after being processed in Belarus.

"While Russia seems to have implemented all of

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