kyiv last week halted transit through a branch of the Druzhba pipeline because Russia was unable to pay for the passage due to sanctions imposed by the European Union.
Days after the Ukrainian operator Ukrtransnafta stopped the supply of Russian oil through the southern branch of the Druzhba pipeline on August 4, oil companies from Slovakia and Hungary paid for the passage of crude oil through Ukrainian territory.
The Russian company Transneft indicated this Tuesday that the transit through the branch that goes to Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, he was stopped because Russia cannot pay for the passage due to sanctions imposed by the European Union.
After that, the Hungarian company MOL decided to take care of making the payment. In this way, “MOL could provide a quick solution to the problem: the Ukrainian side has promised to resume the transit of crude oil in a matter of days, after being stopped a few days ago due to technical problems arising in the banking system”, highlighted in a statement, quoted by Reuters.
The firm Slovnaft also announced on Wednesday that it has made the payment for the transit and that the supply will restart shortly. “The Ukrainian shipping company reacted positively to the proposal of Slovnaft and MOL to pay transit taxes for the transportation of oil through the southern branch of the Druzhba pipeline,” he stated.
In this regard, Transneft reported that Ukraine confirmed having received the payment. The Russian company told RIA Novosti that it plans to resume crude supplies to Hungary and Slovakia on Wednesday.