A Belarusian delegation chaired by the first vice-Prime Minister Uladzimir Siamashka continues negotiating oil supplies in Moscow.
The delegation hope to sign the oil balance for 2013 very soon, a source in a relevant institution told the Interfax-Zapad news agency.
“The Belarusian delegation hopes to sign the oil balance for the next year at an early date. In Minsk they base their argument on the necessity to import 23 million tons of oil next year”, - the source said.
In the meanwhile, the interlocutor pointed out that “so far it is early to talk about the final volume of the oil shipments in the next year”.
As it was reported earlier, since October Belarus has been having intense negotiations with the Russian government over the volumes of oil imports in 2013. In the middle of November Uladzimir Siamashka claimed that an agreement was reached to supply 23 million tons, however later the Russian party confirmed the possibility of shipping only 18.5 million tons. The volume included both - the pipeline and wheeled types of shipment. The Russian party has repeatedly confirmed its position at the level of the Ministry of Energy.