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Greenpeace Indonesia deplores an ethical problem in the delivery of oil from Pertamina, Russia

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta green peace Indonesian director Leonard Simanjuntak on Monday sharpened protest against the ethics of buying crude oil produced in Russia amid the nation’s military aggression against neighboring Ukraine. As reported on March 31, a Pertamina Prime supertanker was blocked by activists from the regional environmental watchdog branch known as Greenpeace Nordic off the coast of Denmark.

Leonard said the blockade is a protest against Russian oil exports which is widely seen as a way to further finance the country’s war and is not in line with the Indonesian Constitution regarding the maintenance of world peace. .

“There is a serious ethical problem here. Buying cheap oil from aggressors,” Leonard lamented, “We are mandated by the 1945 Constitution to preserve world peace and this short-term interest does not coincide with our constitutional values.

He claimed that the blockade was done peacefully and without involving violence as he recognized the fact that Greenpeace does not have the power to stop all tankers from transporting oil for export to other countries amid of the war.

Quoting the Danish branch of environmental watchdog Sune Scheller, his British counterpart identified at least 299 supertankers transporting oil and gas from Russia since the country launched an invasion of Ukraine on February 24, including 132 for European countries.

Tempo attempted to confirm this event to Pertamina’s Vice President of Corporate Communications, Fajriyah Usman, but did not receive a response until this story was published. The management of Indonesia’s state-owned energy company has yet to officially react to the blockade.

A few days before the blockade, Pertamina Chairman and CEO Nicke Widyawati told a meeting with House of Representatives Committee VI (DPR) that the company plans to buy Russian oil which will then be processed at the Balongan refinery.

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