January 3, 2020 / 1:40 PM / 6 months ago

Belarus temporarily suspends export of petroleum products: Belneftekhim

FILE PHOTO: The logo of Belneftekhim company is seen at their headquarters in Minsk, Belarus April 26, 2019. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko

MINSK (Reuters) - Belarus’s state energy firm Belneftekhim has temporarily suspended the export of petroleum products from Jan. 1, a spokeswoman told Reuters on Friday.

“A decision was taken to temporarily suspend the export of petroleum products and oil,” the spokeswoman said. “The decision has been in place since Jan. 1. We are not currently voicing the length of time that the suspension will be in place.”

Russia has halted oil supplies to refineries in Belarus amid a new contract dispute that is also threatening large Russian oil deliveries to Western Europe crossing the country.

Reporting by Andrei Makhovsky; Writing by Polina Ivanova; Editing by Alex Richardson

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