Updated at 15:34,14-12-2017

Belarus said to have paid almost $1.8 billion in export duties on petroleum products to Russia in first half of 2014

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The amount that Belarus transferred in the first half of 2014 into Russia’s treasury in export duties on petroleum products made from Russian crude oil totaled $1,768.8 million compared with $3.3 billion the previous year, according to government data.

Belarus reportedly transferred $306.7 million in January, $296.5 million in February, $302.7 million in March, $311 million in April, $290.6 million in May, and $261.4 million in June.

Since 2011, Russian oil exports to Belarus have not been liable to duty, but if petroleum products made from Russian oil are exported outside the Customs Union of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia, Belarus is required to repay the amount it collects in export duties to Russia.

On May 29, Belarus and Russia signed a deal whereby Minsk will be allowed to keep as much as $1.5 billion in export duties on petroleum products in its treasury in 2015.