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.
Read alsoBetween abundance and shortage of oil, why humanity is threatened
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.
Source: Challenges en temps réel : accueil by www.challenges.fr.
*The article has been translated based on the content of Challenges en temps réel : accueil by www.challenges.fr. If there is any problem regarding the content, copyright, please leave a report below the article. We will try to process as quickly as possible to protect the rights of the author. Thank you very much!
*We just want readers to access information more quickly and easily with other multilingual content, instead of information only available in a certain language.
*We always respect the copyright of the content of the author and always include the original link of the source article.If the author disagrees, just leave the report below the article, the article will be edited or deleted at the request of the author. Thanks very much! Best regards!