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 UkrTransNaftaAugust”,”text”:”ceased to provide services for the transportation of oil through the territory of Ukraine from August 4″}}”>ceased to provide services for the transportation of oil through the territory of Ukraine from August 4said 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 branch of Druzhba passing through Belarus,
continue normallysaid Transneft.
The transport of oil via the Druzhba pipeline has been suspended for several days, but the Slovnaft refinery in Bratislava continues to operate and supply the market, assured the spokesman of the Slovak company Anton Molnar, in a press release.
According to our information, there have been technical problems at the banking level in connection with the payment of transit fees on the Russian sidehe said.
According to him, Slovnaft has started talks with Ukraine and Russia on a possibility for the Hungarian MOL refinery and for Slovnaft to pay transit fees, which would allow oil deliveries to resume.
Reduce dependence 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 (EU), several of whose members are heavily dependent on hydrocarbons from Moscow.
L’EUadopted 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 was however authorized to continue
temporarilywithout a deadline, a concession obtained by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who is cultivating his relations with Vladimir Putin and on whom the country depends for 65% of its consumption on this cheap Russian oil.
European countries have been trying, since the outbreak of the conflict in Ukraine, to reduce their energy dependence on Russia and accuse Moscow of using its hydrocarbon supplies as a
Russia has thus sharply reduced its gas deliveries to Europe in recent weeks.