Putin and Lukashenko discuss oil supplies to Belarus

MINSK/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko discussed Russian oil and gas supplies to Belarus in telephone talks on Monday.

The two leaders agreed that talks would continue at the level of state energy companies and that the two men will also be in contact over the issue, the Kremlin said in a statement.

Neither the Kremlin nor the Belarusian president’s press office provided any further details of the talks.

Russia and Belarus are at loggerheads over oil and gas supplies. Belarus is seeking to pay a lower price for Russian crude next year to compensate for the disruption to flows in the Druzhba pipeline on its territory caused by the contamination of oil this year, and changes in Russia’s oil taxation regime.

Reporting by Andrei Makhovsky; writing by Maria Kiselyova; editing by David Evans