Local news sources reported that Russia had briefly disrupted the oil supply to Belarusian refineries before restoring supply on 4 January 2010.

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin – who has been in contact with Belarusian First Deputy Prime Minister Vladimir Semashko during the negotiations – informed Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin that the negotiations should not affect the supply of LNG or oil to Belarus or Russia’s other European customers.

Mr Putin urged Mr Sechin to continue negotiations and reach an agreement as soon as possible.

The Druzhba Pipeline traverses 5,327 km from southeast Russia to points in Ukraine, Belarus, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic, and Germany.