Since August 11, the transit of oil through the Ukrainian branch of the Druzhba pipeline to Hungary and Slovakia has resumed.
This is according to the NJSC Naftogaz of Ukrainereports Ukrinform.
It should be noted that the transit of oil through the Ukrainian branch of the Druzhba pipeline to Hungary and Slovakia has resumed since August 11.
“Currently, Ukrtransnafta has no information on payment for transit from the Czech Republic. Ukrtransnafta has not received an official letter from Transneft stating that the company Mero, which operates the section of the Druzhba pipeline in the Czech Republic, will pay transit to this country,” noted Naftogaz.
The company recalled that on August 4, Ukrtransnafta forcibly stopped the transit of Russian oil through the Ukrainian section of the main Druzhba pipeline. The contract between Ukrtransnafta and PJSC Transneft on the provision of shipping services provides for 100% advance payment, while the Russian company did not provide any such payment.
The Hungarian oil company MOL, which is the main consumer of oil passing through the southern branch of the Druzhba, has taken the initiative to pay for the transit of Russian oil. On August 10, Ukrtransnafta received payment from MOL.
As reported, Russian pipeline monopoly Transneft said Ukraine had suspended Russian oil deliveries to southern Europe from early August due to the Russian side’s inability to pay for services due to Western sanctions.
In June, the European Union adopted the sixth sanctions package targeting the Russian Federation, providing for the refusal of Russian oil, except for deliveries to Hungary and Slovakia.