Belarus Seeks $70 Million Compensation for Russian Tainted Oil

MINSK (Reuters) - Belarus is seeking about $70 million in compensation because of disruption in flows in a pipeline on its territory caused by contaminated Russian oil, state news agency Belta reported on Sunday.

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Vladimir Semashko, the Belarus ambassador to Moscow, said the compensation issue was discussed by presidents of the two countries in talks in the Russia city of Sochi on Saturday.

While participants in that meeting indicated they were moving closer to resolving their differences on oil and gas supplies, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko also noted that the countries had not yet reached an agreement over compensation in their dispute over tainted Russian oil that was pumped through the Druzhba pipeline.

The potential $70 million compensation figure was reported a day later.

The Russian Druzhba pipeline, which pumps 1 million barrels per day of oil to eastern and western Europe, was found in mid-April to be contaminated. The case affected supplies to customers, including Belarus and as far west as Germany.

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