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Belarus seeks $70 mln in compensation over Russian tainted oil - Belta

MINSK, Dec 8 (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.

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, Belta said.

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. (Reporting by Andrei Makhovsky; Writing by Maria Kiselyova; Editing by Edmund Blair)