January 20, during a conversation with Deputy Prime Minister Vladimir Semashko, President of Belarus Aleksandr Lukashenko instructed to replace the reduced supplies of Russian oil with alternatives, according to reports by the local edition "BELTA".
“We agreed that in the near future you report to me about the situation in the oil and gas sector of the country, particularly in relation to the behavior of Russia. According to our arrangements and previously concluded agreements, what is our situation? We do not hide anything from people.I think, is not necessary to hide. There isn’t any disaster, but a reduction of oil supplies from the Russian Federation should be replaced by alternatives,” Lukashenko said.
Earlier, in mid-November 2016, President of Belarus Aleksandr Lukashenko in his speech on the conflict in Ukraine and pro-Russian militants in coordination with army from Russia in Donbas promised forces of Belarus to conduct elections scheduled in accordance with the Minsk agreements to control land border of Ukraine with Russia and to "to clean the mes up".