Belarus likely to import Venezuelan oil in 2013
If Belarus is unable to import all the oil it needs, it will rely on Venezuela and Azerbaijan to supply its refineries
Belarus is seeking 23 million tons of oil from Russia next year for its refineries, yet Russia has offered to sell no more than 18 million tons, fewer than the total number traded this year (21.5 million).
"If we do not reach an agreement, it will be ok. There is plenty of oil in the world. A few years ago, Russia refused to supply oil to Belarus (...) and we imported it (All the oil we needed) from Azerbaijan and Venezuela, the leader remarked adding that Belarus could repeat such actions.
A dispute between Russia and Belarus over oil price made the latter import oil from Azerbaijan and Venezuela in 2010-2011.
Translated by Jhean Cabrera
President Nicolás Maduro is not only the heir to the throne, but also to an economic crisis which demanded urgent measures to rectify the course. The crisis showed up in two aspects: a 50% inflation estimate, and shortage of staples ranging between 70% and 98%. These issues might hit the President's poor popularity; considering his feeble electoral victory of 1% over his challenger.