Transneft continued to pump Russian oil transiting through Ukraine via Druzhba
MOSCOW, August 11 – RIA Novosti. Transneft continues to pump oil from the southern branch of the Druzhba pipeline in the direction of Hungary and Slovakia, Igor Demin, adviser to the head of the company, told RIA Novosti.
Anton Molnar, spokesman for Slovak refinery Slovnaft, told the agency that oil has begun to flow into the country.
Transneft confirmed on August 4 that it had stopped pumping oil from the southern branch of the pipeline to Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, as Ukrtransnafta could not pay in transit under the sanctions.
On August 10, it was learned that Hungarian company MOL and Slovak refinery Slovnaft agreed with Ukraine to restart supplies and pay transit costs. As Molnar told RIA Novosti, MOL and the Slovnaft refinery are ready to continue to play an active mediating role in resolving EU regulatory issues.
“Both Slovnaft and MOL want to continue to play an active role as an intermediary in finding a long-term solution in the changing conditions caused by EU regulation. Currently, payments will be adjusted with the Russian side as part of mutual agreements.” said Molnar.
Describing the situation regarding the cessation of oil transit through Druzhba, the Hungarian portal Origo described this step as blackmail on behalf of Kyiv.
According to the authors of the article, the conflict in Ukraine entered a new phase “after Kyiv tried to blackmail European countries by blocking the Druzhba oil pipeline.”
“President Volodymyr Zelensky’s goals are clear: he wants as much chaos as possible in Europe and on the other hand he wants to hit Hungary because we don’t want to be involved in a war and we don’t send weapons to Ukraine. The Ukrainian government is constantly attacking not only Hungary, but also its other allies,” writes Origo.
In May, after Hungary announced that it was impossible to completely abandon Russian gas, Olena Zerkal, adviser to Ukraine’s Minister of Energy, said that Kiev had an impact on Budapest in the form of transit via Druzhba, and “something might happen with that.”
No deliveries will be made to the Czech Republic.
Transpetrol vice president Linda Vashkovichova told reporters that oil supplies to the Czech Republic through the southern branch of the Druzhba pipeline will not continue.
The head of the Czech Ministry of Industry and Trade, Josef Sikela, said that Prague and Warsaw are jointly looking for a supply solution that suits the parties legally and technically. Polish company PKN Orlen owns the largest oil refineries in the Czech Republic.
Sikela also assured that the Czech Republic had strategic oil reserves for about 90 days.