Aleksandr Lukashenko said: “Thank you for coming. There is nothing to hide – I wanted to discuss the oil situation evolving in Belarus-Russia relations with the head of the largest oil-extracting public company. I know you are aware of the situation but it would be wrong not to even consult with you about individual matters, about how we can work from now on, including with Rosneft. Because last year Rosneft supplied Belarus with nothing less than half of the oil we bought in Russia and processed here, in Belarus.”
“I would like full clarity. I think since you and I have known each other for a long time, you will be able to give some hints and we will be able to come to terms on our future cooperation,” Aleksandr Lukashenko added.
Rosneft is a key supplier of oil to Belarus: its own production in the Republic is about 1.6 million tons of oil per year, but it mainly uses Russian raw materials for processing. In 2019, Rosneft delivered 8.8 million tons of oil to Belarus, which provided about 50% of the country's oil imports.