Ukraine stops supplying EU with Russian oil
(MENAFN) According to RIA Novosti on Wednesday, quoting Russian oil exporter Transneft, Ukraine has halted the operation of a portion of the southern branch of the "Druzhba" (Friendship) oil pipeline that passes through its territory. The transfer of oil has reportedly been put on hold indefinitely.
Igor Demin, a senior advisor to Transneft's president claimed, “in Ukraine, the section [of Druzhba] has been stopped, from Brod to the Carpathians.” He continued by claiming that deliveries were still being made through the pipeline's Belarusian section.
Last week, Kiev halted oil exports to Hungary via the Druzhba pipeline, quoting a Russian airstrike that allegedly hit a transformer station close to the Belarusian border as the reason for the suspension. It declared that a "drop in voltage" was to blame for the service's suspension.
Following Russian air and missile attacks on the nation's energy infrastructure, Kiev later announced plans to increase transit fees for Russian oil flowing through the pipeline to the European Union.
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