US sends oil to Belarus, seeking to diversify from Russia

The Belarusian government says the United States has dispatched a shipment of oil to Belarus as the country seeks to diversify its supplies after a price dispute with Russia

The 80,000-ton shipment is expected to arrive at the Lithuanian port of Klaipeda in June and from there will sent by rail to Belarus.

Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei said cooperation with the U.S. on oil is "an element of energy security.”

Russia and Belarus later reached a compromise agreement and Russian state oil company Rosneft said Friday it expected to ship about 9 million tons to Belarus this year — about half the amount Belarus had bought in previous years.