President Lukashenko instructed to “adequately” resolve the issue of Garlyk GOK

Lukashenko appointed Vyacheslav Beskosty Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Turkmenistan and "spoke out for normalizing relations with this country." This was reported on September 12 by the press service of the head of Belarus.

- We have always had brilliant, good relations with Turkmenistan. We must meet with officials who were involved in the construction of the Garlyk plant. It is necessary to get out of this situation with dignity. It's not the case that we, with friendly people, are starting to make a showdown in the courts, Lukashenka said.

What's good is that this plant is idle today, the president continued. - For a long time it was already possible to extract potassium salt, sell and get huge profits. One and a half billion a year, they can easily have income. The market is nearby. We need to talk with those who built the mine, to clarify again what problems and how we will solve them. This is the main issue that establishes a normal relationship. I think this should be addressed.

According to the press service, "it is noted that in any case, none of the other potential partners will offer Turkmenistan such conditions as the Belarusian side." - I think we just need to resume this conversation without rolling over each other. If it doesn't work out, then we will go the appropriate way, the president added.

Lukashenko also inquired how much Vyacheslav Beskosty knows Turkmenistan and the existing problems. Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei explained that the diplomat was in charge of this direction as deputy head of the CIS countries's department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, before that he had been working in Nigeria for a long time.

The owner of the GOK state concern "Turkmenhimiya" is suing the Belarusian company Belgorkhimprom. The Turkmen side is unhappy that the contractor did not complete the work at the facility, and Belgorkhimprom, in turn, claims that the project was not completely completed as the customer refused to pay for the work done and owed more than $ 150 million.

According to data from November 2018, GOK produces only 2.3% (32.3 thousand tons per year) of the planned fertilizer volume.

The plant was commissioned on March 31, 2017, the cost of its construction amounted to $ 1.1 billion.

On September 6, the Belarusian publication reported that the Garlyk mining and processing potash plant was still idle. It is possible that the problem is poor ore and flooding.

On September 11, the Kompromat Belarus telegram channel reported that Belarus's issue of recovering Turkmenistan's overdue debts of almost $ 200 million has not been resolved and is being considered by the Stockholm arbitration.

Source: Chronicles of Turkmenistan