Belarus to Export Gasoline Cargo via Russian Port Amid Dispute with EU, Sources Say



Reuters Staff | Staff

BEIRUT, Oct 14 (Reuters) – Belarus plans to ship at least one cargo of gasoline via Russia’s Baltic port of Ust-Luga in October, four industry sources said, turning to a route it last used almost three years ago and avoiding ports in European Union states.

The move follows a mounting dispute with the EU. European foreign ministers agreed this week to impose sanctions on Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko and other officials over an Aug. 9 election the West says was rigged.

Belarusian Oil Company will ship 37,000 tonnes of gasoline from its Mozyr refinery via Ust-Luga port in October, the sources said, adding that trading firm Vitol was the buyer.

“This shipment is a test one,” one trader said, adding it was not clear if more Belarusian cargoes would follow.

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