Lukashenko Says He Is Ready To Build A Sea Terminal In Russia
Belarus is ready to consider building a joint terminal with Russia in the Leningrad region, through which it will redirect cargo flows going through the Baltic States, President Alexander Lukashenko said, BelTA reports.
The Belarusian leader said that he had already discussed the construction of a Russian-Belarusian port in the Leningrad region with Russian President Vladimir Putin, who agreed with the idea. "We are ready to invest everything that we will save on the nuclear power plant, which is being built with loans from the Russian Federation, in the port and terminal construction," Lukashenko said. He added that Minsk is already working on changing the logistics of its goods. "We need to agree at all costs. There is only one question — railway tariffs and transshipment at ports," said Lukashenko.
Lukashenka announced his intention to redirect the logistics of goods from the Baltic ports to Russian ports after Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia imposed sanctions against him and a number of high-ranking Belarusian officials in late August. The most likely point was named Ust-Luga in the Leningrad region.
In early September, Russian energy Minister Anton Novak said that about 3-4 million tons of Belarusian oil flows would be redirected to Russian ports from Lithuanian ports by the end of September. On September 16, Lukashenko said that Minsk is ready to redirect all cargo flows through Russia only if Moscow gives the same transit conditions as the Baltic States.