FAS will continue negotiations with Belarus on tariffs for oil transportation

MOSCOW, January 13. /TASS/. The Federal Antimonopoly service (FAS) of Russia will continue negotiations with Belarus about the tariffs for oil transportation, told reporters the head of service Igor Artemyev on the sidelines of the Gaidar forum.

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“Of course, until then, until it will be possible, we will be in dialogue. Need a normal, calm dialogue on the subject and reaching agreement”, – he told, answering a question on the continuation of negotiations with Belarus on the tariffs for transportation of Russian oil.

Belarus since February 1 will increase the tariffs for oil transportation via trunk pipelines. The new rates will be in effect until March 31, 2017.

The Belarusian Ministry of Antimonopoly regulation and trade (MARCH) and the Federal Antimonopoly service (FAS) of Russia came to agreement on the size of tariff indexation .

The rates for pumping through pipelines of JSC “Polotsktransneft Friendship” for the Russian “Transneft”, as declared by the Belarusian side, will increase by 11.76%, and pipelines of OJSC “Gomeltransneft Druzhba” will be indexed by 7.7% instead of the proposed by Transneft of 5.8%.

The tariff negotiations

Belarus intended to raise tariffs for transit of Russian oil in 2016: 50% in October. In late November, Minsk announced plans to raise tariffs for transportation of oil from Russia since the beginning of 2017 20.5%. Transneft, in turn, has proposed to increase tariffs for pumping through pipelines of OJSC “Gomeltransneft Druzhba” on the 5.8% and pipelines of JSC “Polotsktransneft Friendship” – by 11.76%.

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In addition, since the beginning of last year, the Republic is negotiating with Russia on reducing gas prices. Belarus insisted on the equal export prices for Russian gas and wanted to pay $73 per 1 thousand cubic meters instead of $132.

In response to the shortfall in Belarus about $300 million for the gas supplied to Russia by more than a third reduced the supply of duty-free oil to the Republic.

At the end of 2016 Belarus Russia listed the advance payment for gas, and expressed hope for the restoration of oil supplies. However, Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich said that Russia has returned a down payment and insist on the full execution of the gas contract. While Dvorkovich has not excluded that the settlement of the gas issue with Belarus and possibly in court, since the case is already in court.

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