Chavez promises oil supplies to Belarus

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The Independent US

Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez promised to provide oil to the former Soviet republic of Belarus for the next two centuries.

Mr Chavez, who was visiting Belarus, promised that the country's refineries "would feel no shortages of oil in the next 200 years". President Alexander Lukashenko, Europe's last dictator, is anxious not to be dependent on Russian oil supplies as his relations with Moscow sour.