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An oil pump jack in an oil field near the city of Almetyevsk. (Photo Credit: Yegor Aleyev/TASS)

Russian Ambassador to Belarus Dmitry Mezentsev expressed confidence that Russia and Belarus will find a mutually acceptable solution on the supply of energy resources to Belarus in 2021.

“The parties will definitely find a mutually acceptable solution on energy supplies next year. It is also important to ensure that the political situation is brought outside the framework of these negotiations on a purely energy issue,” the Russian ambassador told reporters on Wednesday.

“Identifying any political similarities, regardless of the disputes and the set of arguments that accompany the negotiations, would be incorrect, unproductive and unpromising,” the Russian diplomat believes.

Mezentsev stressed that “Russia and Belarus have basic agreements on annual energy supplies.” According to the diplomat, the Russian side has fulfilled the terms of oil supply this year, as it was requested by the Belarusian side.