A worker checks a pipeline distribution point at the Rechitsa oil deposit some 320 kms southeast of Minsk, on Dec. 19, 2014.

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Belarus on Feb. 15 threatened to siphon off oil from Russia’s transit pipeline to Europe unless Moscow restarted crude supplies. Minsk also accused the Kremlin of using energy prices as leverage to try to swallow up its former Soviet neighbour.

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