Russia Looks to Kazakhstan for Gasoline Amidst Supply Struggles
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By The Smartencyclopedia Staff & Agencies 

Russia is turning to Kazakhstan as a potential source of gasoline amidst ongoing supply challenges caused by Ukrainian attacks on oil refineries across the country, according to a recent report by Reuters.

With Ukrainian assaults disrupting Russia’s domestic gasoline production, the country is reportedly eyeing Kazakhstan as a backup source of fuel. Sources cited in the Reuters article suggest that Russia has approached Kazakhstan with a request to be prepared to supply approximately 100,000 tons of gasoline.

While one source claims that a petroleum deal between Russia and Kazakhstan has already been approved, official statements from Kazakhstan refute these allegations. Shyngys Ilyasov, an advisor to Kazakhstan’s energy minister, stated that the energy ministry has not received any such request from Russia.

This move comes amidst previous reports indicating that Russia has increased petrol imports from Belarus, with 3,000 tonnes of petrol purchased from Belarus in March alone.

The escalating conflict in Ukraine, coupled with Ukraine’s determination to enhance its drone capabilities, poses a significant challenge to Russia’s oil infrastructure. Ukraine aims to develop drones capable of reaching distances of 2,000 kilometers or more, targeting critical oil facilities including those in the Urals region. Recent drone attacks on April 2 saw Ukrainian drones reaching Tatarstan, damaging a drone facility in Yelabuga and an oil refinery in Nizhnekamsk.

As Russia seeks alternative sources of gasoline amidst these supply disruptions, the region’s energy dynamics continue to evolve amidst geopolitical tensions and strategic maneuvering.

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