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Belarus: Set to receive its first US oil shipment, in move to wean off Russian supply

Belarus: Set to receive its first US oil shipment, in move to wean off Russian supply

Belarus, EUROPE, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, OIL, united states of america, USA
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Friday that the United States will send its first shipment of 80,000 tons of crude oil to Belarus, which has sought alternative oil suppliers after a monthslong pricing dispute with Russia. Pompeo said he believes this newest partnership “strengthens Belarusian sovereignty and independence.” Russia cut oil supplies to Belarus in January after Belarusian officials disputed 2020 oil prices, along with Russia's proposed increased integration of their economic ties. The 80,000-ton shipment is expected to arrive at the Lithuanian port of Klaipeda in June and from there will sent by rail to Belarus. Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei said cooperation with the U.S. on oil is "an element of energy security.” Tensions between Belaru...