Andrei Makhovsky

Belarus concert blast wounds 50

About 50 people were wounded early on Friday by a home-made bomb that sprayed nuts and bolts into a crowd at an open-air concert in Belarus's capital.

Russia restarts pipeline oil flow to Belarus

Russia restarted the flow of oil through its main oil export pipeline on Thursday after Belarus dropped an oil transit duty imposed last week and agreed to return oil Moscow said it had taken illegally. ''Transneft started to pump oil in the direction of Belarus at 8.22am Moscow time,'' Sergei Grigoryev, vice-president of Russian pipeline monopoly Transneft, said.

Russia, Belarus say oil row won’t hit Europe supply

Russia and Belarus promised on Thursday to keep pumping oil to Europe, after Minsk slapped a duty on transit shipments of Russian crude in a trade row that has shaken the ex-Soviet states' strategic alliance. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko on Wednesday imposed a transit fee of per tonne on crude pumped westwards through the Druzhba pipeline system.

Belarus warns Russia over gas transit

Belarus issued an implicit threat that it could stop Russian gas deliveries through its pipelines to Western Europe unless Gazprom relented on demands that Kiev pay steep price increases in 2007. ''We are inter-dependent. If I don't have a domestic gas-supply contract, Gazprom won't have a transit deal,'' Belarus's Deputy Prime Minister Vladimir Semashko said.

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