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By Diversifying Its Oil Imports, Belarus Limits Russia’s Leverage

Sim Tack
Global Analyst , Stratfor
May 12, 2020 | 10:00 GMT
An image of a gas flare at the Mozyr Oil Refinery in Belarus on Jan. 4, 2020. Russia recently resumed its oil deliveries to Belarus after a pricing dispute prompted Moscow to halt its supplies at the beginning of the year.

An image of a gas flare at the Mozyr Oil Refinery in Belarus on Jan. 4, 2020. Russia recently resumed its oil deliveries to Belarus after a pricing dispute prompted Moscow to halt its supplies at the beginning of the year.

(Natalia Fedosenko\TASS via Getty Images)

Minsk’s continued pursuit of new energy partners despite Russia’s resumption of oil deliveries will enable it to negotiate more favorable terms in a potential integration agreement with Moscow....

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