The Russian oil terminal at Primorsk, near St. Petersburg (ITAR-TASS)
February 6, 2007 -- Belarus has announced it will sharply increase transit tariffs for Russian oil this month.
The Economy Ministry said that as of February 15, oil-transit tariffs will range from $1.29 to $3.50 per metric ton for every 100 kilometers. That's up from the current range of $0.41 to $0.60.
Relations between Russia and Belarus have been strained recently because of disputes over gas and oil prices.
A previous attempt by Minsk to impose new fees on the shipment of Russian oil across Belarus led last month to a disruption in Russian oil supplies to Western Europe.
Semyon Vainshtok, the president of Russia's state pipeline monopoly, Transneft, said the company on February 5 approved a plan for a pipeline from a point near the Russian-Belarusian border to Primorsk on the Baltic Sea, bypassing Belarus.
(compiled from agency reports)