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Alexander Lukashenko

Russia halts oil to Europe

MOSCOW -- Russia halted oil supplies sent to Germany and Poland via Belarus yesterday, as an escalating trade feud between Minsk and Moscow renewed Europe's concerns about over-dependence on Russian energy.

Moscow had to shut off oil supplies sent to Europe through the Friendship pipeline in Belarus, after it discovered Belarus had siphoned 79,000 tons of Russian oil, according to officials with Russia's Trade and Economic Development Ministry and the country's state-owned pipeline enterprise, Transneft.

Belarus officials said they diverted Russian oil from the pipeline, but only because Moscow had balked at paying Minsk transit fees for permission to use the...