One obstacle to Russian oil exports to Europe has now been removed, as the Russian state news agency RIAD has now reported. Ukraine has therefore confirmed payments for the transit. Deliveries go via the Druzhba pipeline to Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Hungary.
According to the Slovak refinery operator Slovnaft, the payment for the transit of Russian oil through Ukraine is processed by a European bank. “The bank reconsidered and eventually accepted the originally blocked inter-transit fee,” a Slovnaft spokesman said.
Transneft said deliveries via the Druzhba pipeline had been halted because transit fees could not be paid directly to Ukraine due to Western sanctions. After the Hungarian oil company MOL and its Slovakian subsidiary Slovnaft had made the payment themselves in the meantime, the oil is already flowing to Hungary and Slovakia again. According to an insider, the transports to the Czech Republic should now be resumed by Saturday. The bank is the Dutch ING, which declined to comment.
The Russian company that operates the pipeline, Transneft, had previously cut off the flow of oil through Ukraine. Deliveries were halted after a bank transaction was rejected due to Western sanctions against Russia, the Russian state-owned company said.
Mainly Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic are supplied via the southern line through the Ukraine. All three states were affected by the delivery failures. The northern section of the Druzhba pipeline, which runs through Belarus to Poland and Germany, was unaffected, according to Transneft.