EU countries affected by the shut down of an oil pipeline from Russia are anxiously awaiting the outcome of talks today to resolve the dispute that caused the closure. The pipeline crosses Belarus bringing oil to western Europe. Moscow and Minsk have blamed each other for starting the row over crude prices and transit tariffs. Germany, Poland Slovakia and Hungary have said they have access to enough reserves not to be troubled by the shut-down at this stage. But they will be hoping for a breakthrough in a meeting of Belarusian and Russian officials in Moscow. The pipeline closure is similar to a stand-off almost exactly a year ago between Russia and Ukraine that hit gas supplies to some EU countries. But it is hoped this dispute can be resolved before supply problems arise.
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