In September, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko reportedly said that his country was forced to look for alternative oil supplies after Russia went ahead with a “tax maneuver by taxing the extraction of mineral resources.”
Lukashenko also reportedly said that “getting oil from Gdańsk – via Poland to Belarus – turned out to be the most profitable option.”
According to chief engineer Andrey Vyaryha, the main difficulty is that Poland currently has no technical means of ensuring a two-way flow, Polish website tysol.pl reported.
“Let’s say we pump for a week into Mozyr [refinery in Belarus], and three weeks out of Mozyr. Hence, it is a task which can be carried out, if Poland meets the requirements,” Vyaryha was quoted by the website as saying.
The Soviet-built Druzhba pipeline is the world’s longest oil link, running from Russia to Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, the Czech Republic and Germany. It can ship up to 1 million barrels per day.