Since August 4, the supply of oil through Ukraine to Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic has been suspended due to refusal to pay.
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Posted on 8/9/2022 3:27 PM Updated on 8/9/2022 3:47 PM
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Deliveries of Russian oil to three European countries via Ukraine have been suspended, the Russian company responsible for the transportation of hydrocarbons announced on Tuesday, August 9. In a press release, Transneft states that its payment for the right of transit through Ukraine for the month of August was denied due to the entry into force of certain sanctions against Moscow.
For example, since August 4, the Ukrainian company UkrTransNafta “has not provided services for the transportation of oil through Ukrainian territory,” Transneft said. The shipments concerned are made via a branch of the Druzhba pipeline, which runs through Ukraine, to three European Union (EU) countries with no access to the sea: Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic.
Deliveries via another Druzhba branch, which runs through Belarus, “are continuing as usual,” Transneft said. Poland and Germany are therefore always supplied.
Despite the Russian invasion of Ukraine since late February and the phased embargo on Russian oil adopted by the EU in June, Russian oil and gas continue to flow through Ukraine to the EU, of which several members are hydrocarbon-heavy are dependent from Moscow .
Supply through the Druzhba pipeline was allowed to continue “temporarily” without a time limit. This concession was obtained by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, while 65% of his country’s oil consumption depends on Russia.