The ambassador commented on the work on the agreement between Belarusian and Russian Finance Ministries on interbudget transactions in oil trade. The Russian state budget is supposed to compensate for some of the premiums involved in the sale of Russian oil to Belarus. According to Mezentsev, it will be possible to specify exactly how much aid the Belarusian energy industry is getting depending on results of the year when it will be clear how much oil Belarus has received.
He remarked that it will be easy to calculate the amount of money the Belarusian side is owed by multiplying the actual amount of shipped oil by the compensation the Russian side will allocate per tonne of crude oil. The Russian ambassador noted that reporters will get the most precise figures at the end of the year. The figures are expected to reach many dozens of millions of U.S. dollars.
Dmitry Mezentsev noted: “There is no doubt that such an arrangement will be stipulated by a written agreement, a supplementary protocol. It is another result of the special ally attitude of the Russian side towards the brotherly country of Belarus. These are serious steps in response to the request Minsk made in late 2019 – early 2020. It is a considerable sum.” The ambassador reminded that oil shipment figures were agreed in autumn 2019. Belarus was expected to buy 18-24 million tonnes of Russian oil in 2020.
In early May BelTA quoted 1st Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus Dmitry Krutoi (he was appointed deputy head of the Belarus President Administration on 4 June) as saying that the agreement between the Belarusian Finance Ministry and the Russian one on interbudget transactions in oil trade is nearly ready. In his words, the implementation of the Belarusian-Russian arrangement that the Russian state budget will compensate the remaining part of the premiums on oil deliveries is in the final stage. “The agreement is nearly ready. I think the finance ministries are about to finalize it,” Krutoi said back then.