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Report: Belarus Blocks Oil Deliveries


Belarus has ordered a halt to deliveries of Russian oil that goes via its territory to Germany, Poland and Ukraine, the Interfax news agency reported Monday citing an official from the Belarusian section of the export pipeline.

Belneftekhim, a large state Belarusian industrial concern that includes chemical plants, ordered the suspension of transit of oil through the Friendship pipeline to Germany, Poland and Ukraine, Interfax quoted the unidentified official as saying.

The head of the Russian state pipeline operator Transneft, Semyon Vainshtok, on Monday accused Belarus of siphoning off Russian oil destined for Europe since Saturday, the RIA-Novosti news agency reported.