Tsigankov: The message is that Belarus has agreed to transfer its duties on oil and oil products to the Russian budget, there was a reference to the head of the Department of Tax and Customs Tariff Policy of the Ministry of Finance of Russia Ilya Trunina. However, it seems that afterdnyaya point in this question is not posed. Do you think that Belarus might agree to that option?
Zaleski: They say if you topissya, even for a razor skhopissya. We have and your budget, except for the Russian one. And our boss would like it to fill up, and we citizens use out of it. Here, the interests and the people and the government — so with Russia seems to be a big fight at the end of the year to keep things to himself.
Tsigankov: In exchange for the fact that Belarus has agreed to transfer its duties on oil and oil products to the Russian budget, Minsk will receive duty-free Russian oil. Now, however, this advantage is being lost, as Belarus did not get all the oil out of Russia — increasing the supply of Venezuelan oil, looking for other options …
Zaleski: Our oil business is a useful and profitable as long as there is tolling and can drive oil products abroad. So far, everything was going from one source — Russia. Now it is possible to diversify supplies, and of course, that is to go towards Russia is a big hunting will not.
But in Russia is ready pipeline from Unecha to St. Petersburg, and they will not pay too much attention to the Belarusian requirements. Therefore, the potential conflict is very hard.
Tsigankov: Not going to happen to add to the oil and gas still conflict?
Zaleski: I think that the gas will be a little easier. It is an old game about a dispute between economic entities. We already have a good tradition — the population drinks for the New Year and looks as Semashko or Sidorsky complete gas talks in Moscow.
I think Russia will not be so much to us to put pressure on gas as the oil, as they finger nods Europe — do not fail us! After all options to let all the gas by Belarus, there is not — as long as they did not build a gas pipeline through the Baltic Sea.