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Russia, Belarus Seek Resolution to Spat Over 2020 Oil Supplies

  • Putin and Lukashenko hold two phone conversations in two days
  • There are disagreements over transit fee, supply to refineries
Disagreements center on transit fees and the volume of oil to be supplied to Belarusian refineries.

Disagreements center on transit fees and the volume of oil to be supplied to Belarusian refineries.

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Russia and Belarus are making progress toward resolving their dispute over oil supplies next year after their leaders held talks to break the impasse.

A series of calls between the countries this week signaled a possible understanding that would keep oil flowing from Jan. 1. At stake are Russian crude deliveries to Belarus totaling 24 million tons a year, and an uncertain impact on transit volumes -- supplies passing through the country en route to Europe.