16 Mar 2010 10:51

Venezuela agrees to send oil to Belarusian refineries - Lukashenko

CARACAS. March 16 (Interfax) - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has agreed to permit the shipment of crude oil extracted in his country to refineries in Belarus, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said.

"We have reached an agreement regarding deliveries of Venezuelan oil to Belarus, to our refineries. We will jointly reprocess it and sell petroleum products to the European market," Lukashenko said after talks with Chavez in Caracas.

The Belarusian-Venezuelan joint venture produces around one million tonnes of oil every year, and "this figure will continue growing to meet the interests of both countries," the Belarusian leader said.

Belarus will also help construct pipelines that will deliver gas to Venezuelan towns and villages, he said.

Three or four plants for manufacturing tractors, trucks and large haulage vehicles, as well as a major brick making plant will be built in Venezuela within the next year, Lukashenko said.

A Belarusian house of commerce will be set up at the Venezuelan leader