December 30, 2019 / 10:21 AM / a month ago

Russian and Belarusian presidents to hold phone talks on Monday

FILE PHOTO: Russian President Vladimir Putin and Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko meet at the Sirius educational center in the Black sea resort of Sochi, Russia February 15, 2019. Sergei Chirikov/Pool via REUTERS

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold telephone talks with his Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko on Monday, a Kremlin spokesman said.

Russia and Belarus are at loggerheads over oil and gas supplies. Belarus is seeking to pay a lower price for Russian crude next year to compensate for the disruption to flows in the Druzhba pipeline on its territory caused by contamination of oil this year, and changes in Russia’s oil taxation regime.

The spokesman said the leaders would discuss oil and gas “if they deem it necessary”.

Reporting by Anastasia Teterevleva; editing by Andrey Ostroukh

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