On August 4, Ukrtransnafta stopped the pumping of Russian oil through the Druzhba pipeline towards Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
Reuters writes about this, referring to the adviser to the president of the Russian Transneft.
It is reported that Transneft explains the stoppage of the transit of Russian oil by the fact that the company was unable to pay for pumping services due to EU sanctions.
When making a payment for transit through the territory of Ukraine, the funds were returned to the account of Transneft. Gazprombank, which services payments, notified us that the payment was returned due to the introduction of EU regulations, that is, the seventh package of sanctions. We informed the Russian Ministry of Energy, as well as Russian shippers supplying resources in the direction of these three countries, and Ukrtransnafta that the money is not going through and the payment cannot be made," Transneft said.
Ukrtransnafta has not yet commented on the information about the stoppage of oil transit.
Recall that according to the sixth package of sanctions, which was agreed in June, European countries must abandon Russian oil within six months, and oil products within eight.