Poor Russian crude quality leads Belarus to cut oil-product exports

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Belarus is limiting oil-product exports as a result of a deterioration in the quality of crude supplied from Russia, state news agency Belta reported Monday.

In mid-April, Belarus threatened to suspend Russian crude transit to Europe over ongoing economic disputes. Belarusian officials suggested part of the Druzhba pipeline, which delivers more than 1 million b/d of crude to Europe via Belarus, may be closed for maintenance. If the pipeline were closed, Russia would be able to redirect some of the crude volumes via its ports on the Black and Baltic seas, but would not be able to compensate for the full halt.

An excerpt from S&P Global