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Russian pipeline monopoly Transneft said it is cutting deliveries to its neighbouring country in September by 400,000 tonnes, nearly a quarter of current supply estimates to
The company said it was undertaking the reduction in order to facilitate repairs to older pipelines within the system - about 440 miles that had been flagged for maintenance.
While the Russian government has not said it directly, many observers expressed the sentiment that
Expressing their displeasure of the 26 August arrest of the fertilizer executive and calling for his immediate release from charges of abusing his authority, officials in
The venture was broken apart when Uralkali announced in July that it was ending its relationship and would strike out on its own after accusing Belaruskali of selling product independently.
Oil is not the only commodity being subjected to increased restrictions, as the Russian Health Ministry announced on Wednesday that it was raising its scrutiny of Belarusian dairy products.
The agency said nearly a third of the products imported no longer meet Russian health standards, with officials stating that
“The lawyers have filed three applications, the central of which concerns changing of the measure of restraint," said a spokesperson with the Russian Embassy in
Belarusian Foreign Ministry officials are maintaining the position that Baumgertner’s arrest was legitimate, but they declined to comment on the moves by Russian authorities against oil deliveries and dairy products.
“It should be kept in the legal sphere. We hope that the reactions of our Russian partners would be based on legal standards and not emotions,” said Andrei Savinykh, Belarusian Foreign Ministry spokesperson.