President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko removed the state production association “Belorusneft” from subordination to the concern “Belneftekhim”. The concern in June came under the sanctions of the European Union and the United States.
Mr. Lukashenko’s decree has been published on the national legal Internet portal. According to the document, the decree will also exclude the clause stating that the general director of Belorusneft is appointed and dismissed by the chairman of Belneftekhim in agreement with the president.
Last month, US President Joe Biden extended the June 2006 sanctions regime for a year that allowed restrictions on the Belarusian authorities. At the end of May, after the forced landing of a Ryanair plane in Minsk, the United States also announced its intention, together with the EU, to expand restrictions on Minsk. Since June 3, sanctions have been renewed against Belneftekhim and eight other Belarusian state-owned enterprises.
One of the country’s two refineries, Naftan, also fell under US sanctions. Belarus, which was looking for alternative sources of oil for “Naftan” to Russian, advanced in long-standing negotiations with Kazakhstan. In June, the countries signed an agreement on the supply of oil and petroleum products, but the exact volumes and timing have yet to be discussed.
Details – in the material of “Kommersant” “Minsk is looking for pipe routes.”