Coal exports from Belarus to Ukraine grew by 980 times

Экспорт угля из Беларуси в Украину вырос в 980 раз

Ukraine may receive coal from the occupied districts of Donetsk and Lugansk regions, through the territory of Belarus, mass media.

Last year, the coal export from Belarus to Ukraine grew by 980 times, anthracite – 340 times. And this despite the fact that Belarus does not have its deposits except lignite,writes the Belarusian branch of Radio Liberty.

According to Belstat, Belarus ‘ export of coal to Ukraine amounted to 588.5 thousand tons (0.6 thousand tonnes in 2017), anthracite – 102,2 thousand tons (0,3 thousand tons in 2017). It is also reported that significantly increased export to the countries of the European Union. The Ministry of Antimonopoly regulation and trade of Belarus said that the government is not engaged in the supply of coal. As said in the Ministry of energy.

The publication suggests that on the territory of Belarus to Ukraine and Europe can receive coal from self-proclaimed “DNR” and “LNR”. In particular, in 2017, the representatives of “LNR” declared that carry on negotiations with Belarus on the supply of coal. However, the then Vice-Premier of Belarus Vladimir Semashko denied this information.

At the same time the representative of one of the companies of the energy sector of Belarus stressed that the supply of coal to engage in commercial structures. According to him, Ukraine imported coal mainly Ukrainian companies, and in Europe – Russian. These companies have the status of residents of Belarus, but the Belarusian capital they have. According to him, may the coal from the Donbass and into Poland.

“But if someone carries that, according to the documents of the Russian coal. And what he is de facto the Donetsk or the Russian – I don’t know,” said the source.

According to the State statistics service of Ukraine, in 2018 bought coal in the EU, Africa and the Americas, as well as in Kazakhstan, Moldova and Russia. The highest volume like a stone, and anthracite coal were imported last year from Russia.

According to Radio Svoboda, the Ukrainian state statistics service, declined to comment on why the statistics do not reflect the supply of coal from Belarus. In addition, the largest consumer of coal, DTEK said it had not made the supply of coal from Belarus. At the same time, the state company Centrenergo has not provided a comment.

The publication suggests that the traces can lead to the encirclement of the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, based on the fact that Centrenergo controlled by his business partner Igor Kononenko. In 2016, the company found itself in the center of a scandal when it was revealed that she was using the Russian party purchased coal in ORDA under the name of coal from South Africa.

Earlier, the Minister of the temporarily occupied territories and internally displaced persons Vadim Chernysh said that Russia annually exports over 2.8 million tonnes of coal from the occupied territories of Donbass.

 

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