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23 Apr 2019

Azerbaijan ready to help out Belarus with alternative oil supplies

Azerbaijan ready to help out Belarus with alternative oil supplies

MINSK, 23 April (BelTA) – Azerbaijan will be ready to help Belarus with oil acquisition, BelTA learned from Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Azerbaijan to Belarus Latif Gandilov.

Asked about the possibility of delivering oil from Azerbaijan to Belarus, the ambassador noted he saw no barriers standing in the way. “At difficult times our nations always helped each other. We always lend a helping hand to each other. If need be, Azerbaijan will be honored to do its brotherly duty. There is no doubt that the heads of state will find a common ground on the matter,” he said.

Yet it is necessary to bear in mind the complexity of delivering oil from Azerbaijan to Belarus and look for optimal ways to do it in order to prevent a significant increase in prices for the energy resources. “There are no other issues except for transportation routes, which may greatly affect the cost of transported oil,” Latif Gandilov underlined. He noted that oil may be delivered via Black Sea ports.

The ambassador also mentioned great potential of trade and economic cooperation of the two countries: “Belarus is in the center of Europe. It means the European market will be open to us. Azerbaijan is at the outer edge of the East and can open the Middle East market for Belarus.”

Manufacturing cooperation between Belarus and Azerbaijan has been on the rise recently. Moreover, third countries get involved in it. The joint assembly of MAZ vehicles at Ganja Automobile Plant in Azerbaijan and the shipment of these vehicles to Turkey is a case in point. “I think such manufacturing cooperation would facilitate division of labor, expand the choice of products we make together. It is a very correct approach to the matter. It will result in more successful development of our region by means of increasing the number of jobs and respectively people’s wellbeing,” the ambassador believes.

BelTA reported earlier that Belarus intends to start importing oil from countries other than Russia by the end of the year. Oil may be shipped via Baltic Sea ports and Ukrainian ones. Belarusian oil refineries can process 18 varieties of oil from Azerbaijan, Saudi Arabia, and Nigeria.

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