Russia, Belarus fail to agree on oil export terms

MOSCOW Dec 8 (Reuters) - Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and his Belarussian counterpart Sergei Sidorsky failed to reach an agreement on oil export terms on Wednesday, raising the possibility of a new energy dispute between Minsk and Moscow. In June, Minsk threatened to cut Russian gas transit to Europe in a pricing dispute, and this time round it is oil which is causing tensions.

"It was not possible to reach agreement on all levels," Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said after Wednesday's talks.

A planned press briefing was cancelled and no statement issued after the meeting, at the start of which Putin had said he was "very much counting" on all the issues being resolved.

A source close to the talks described them as "a complete failure". (Reporting by Darya Korsunskaya; writing by Toni Vorobyova, editing by Anthony Barker)


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