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Message par energy_isere » 23 mai 2020, 10:30

La Bielorussie à passé commande d'une première livraison de 80 000 tonnes de pétrole US. Devrait arriver par la Lituanie puis passage par la Pologne.
Belarus just ordered U.S. oil for the first time. It was a message to Russia.

By Isabelle Khurshudyan May 22, 2020

When Belarus ordered its first shipment of U.S. oil earlier this month, it was more than just an energy deal. It was a message to Moscow: One of Russia’s most reliable allies was testing its ties with the West.

Belarusan President Alexander Lukashenko, who has ruled the country with a tight grip since 1994, “is trying to show the Russians he can survive without their support,” said Artyom Shraibman of Sense Analytics, a Minsk-based political consultancy.

Lukashenko has long balanced keeping Russia close but not too close. He rarely throws up any roadblocks to Russian policies. But Lukashenko also has resisted the Kremlin’s push for the two countries to form a unified state — something they agreed to in 1999.

Oil is often part of the political mix. Belarus has enjoyed a sweetheart deal with Russia, and keeping rates discounted was one of Moscow’s selling points to finally make the unity pact official.

So when they failed in December to agree on a new price for oil Moscow sells to Minsk, Russia temporarily cut the supply. Lukashenko then vowed to diversify Belarus’s oil suppliers. He delivered by purchasing shipments from Azerbaijan, Norway and Saudi Arabia all in the past five months, capitalizing on a coronavirus-induced shock to oil prices.

The U.S. deal is for one shipment. But few other oil agreements are so geopolitically significant that they prompt a statement from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who said it “strengthens Belarusian sovereignty and independence.”

Pompeo visited Minsk in early February, when he first offered to sell American oil “at a competitive price.” It marked the first trip to Belarus by the top U.S. diplomat since Lukashenko took power. Then in April, the two countries formally reestablished diplomatic relations when Julie Fisher, a top State Department official for Europe, was named ambassador to Belarus — a position that had been vacant for more than a decade.

The first order for 80,000 tons of U.S. oil is probably a test of logistics. The tanker carrying it is expected to arrive in a Lithuanian port in early June, with Poland also acting as an intermediary.

The first order for 80,000 tons of U.S. oil is probably a test of logistics. The tanker carrying it is expected to arrive in a Lithuanian port in early June, with Poland also acting as an intermediary.

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/eu ... story.html

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