Russian oil deliveries via Ukraine interrupted

Deliveries of Russian oil via Ukraine interrupted

Transneft produces oil especially in Konstantinovo, in the Moscow region.

Delivery of Russian oil to three European countries via Ukraine has been halted after a sanctions-related bank transaction targeting Moscow was refused, the government said on Tuesday. #x27;Russian company responsible for transporting 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 certain sanctions against Moscow.

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

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.

Deliveries to Poland and Germany, via another Druzhba branch transiting through Belarus, are continuing as normal, Transneft said.

Despite Russia's military offensive there since the end of February, Russian oil and gas continue to transit through Ukraine to the European Union (EU), several of whose members are strongly opposed. dependent on hydrocarbons from Moscow.

The EU adopted in June a gradual embargo on Russian oil, notably providing for the cessation of crude oil imports by ship into the six months.

Supply via the Druzhba pipeline was, on the other hand, authorized to continue temporarily, without a deadline, a concession obtained by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban , which cultivates its relations with Vladimir Putin and whose country depends for 65% of its consumption on this cheap Russian oil.

European countries have been striving since the conflict in Ukraine to reduce their energy dependence on Russia and accuse Moscow of using its co even a weapon of war.

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

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