Russia, Belarus settle dispute over oil and gas shipments

By The Associated Press

Russia and Belarus say they have settled an energy dispute that had tainted relations between the two neighbors and allies.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko shakes hands after their news conference following the talks at Konstantin palace in St.Petersburg, Russia, Monday, April 3, 2017. The two leaders announced that they have settled the energy dispute between the two ex-Soviet neighbors and allies during their talks Monday. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky, Pool)

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Russia and Belarus say they have settled an energy dispute that had tainted relations between the two neighbors and allies.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said after talks in St. Petersburg on Monday with his Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko that they negotiated a settlement to the oil and gas disputes and government officials would finalize the details in 10 days.

Russian news agencies quoted Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich saying the deal calls for Belarus to gradually pay off a $726-million debt for Russian natural gas supplies in return for Russia resuming oil shipments to Belarus refineries.

The talks were overshadowed by an explosion that ripped through a subway train in St. Petersburg, killing 10 people and wounding about 40 others in what officials called a terror attack.

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