Stopping Russian oil deliveries via Ukraine

Deliveries of Russian oil to three European countries via Ukraine have been interrupted after the refusal of a banking transaction linked to sanctions against Russia, announced on Tuesday August 9 the Russian company responsible for the transport of hydrocarbons.

In a press release, Transneft explains that its payment for the right of transit through Ukraine for the month of August, made on July 22, was refused on July 28 because of the entry into force of certain sanctions against Moscow. .

As a result, the Ukrainian company UkrTransNafta “stopped providing services for the transportation of oil through Ukrainian territory from August 4”, Transneft said.

These are deliveries via a branch of the Druzhba pipeline passing through Ukraine and serving three European countries without access to the sea, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Russia normally supplies around 250,000 barrels of oil per day to these countries.

Deliveries to Poland and Germany, via another branch of Druzhba transiting through Belarus, “continue as normal”, Transneft said.

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Gradual embargo on Russian oil

Despite Russia’s military offensive there since the end of February, Russian oil and gas continue to transit via Ukraine to the European Union, several of whose members are heavily dependent on hydrocarbons from Moscow.

The EU adopted in June a gradual embargo on Russian oil, providing in particular for the cessation of crude oil imports by boat within six months.

The supply by the Druzhba pipeline, on the other hand, was authorized to continue “temporarily”, without a deadline, a concession obtained by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who cultivates his relations with Vladimir Putin and on whom the country depends for 65% on its consumption of this cheap Russian oil.

European countries have been trying since the conflict in Ukraine to reduce their energy dependence on Russia and accuse Moscow of using its hydrocarbon deliveries as a “weapon of war”.

Russia has thus sharply reduced its gas deliveries to Europe in recent weeks.

(With AFP)

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