Hungarian Origo called the stoppage of oil transit through the “Druzhba” blackmail from Kyiv

The Hungarian portal Origo, describing the situation with the stoppage of oil transit through the Druzhba pipeline to European countries, called this step blackmail by Ukraine.

According to the publication, the conflict in Ukraine entered a new phase after “Kyiv tried to blackmail European countries by blocking the Druzhba oil pipeline.”

“President Volodymyr Zelensky’s goals are clear: he wants as much chaos as possible in Europe, and on the other hand, he wants to hit back at Hungary because we don’t want to get involved in a war and don’t send weapons to Ukraine. The Ukrainian government is constantly attacking not only Hungary but also their other allies,” writes the media.

Transneft confirmed the day before that Ukrtransnafta on August 4 stopped pumping oil from Russia through the southern branch of the Druzhba pipeline to Hungary, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia, as the Russian side cannot make a transit payment under EU sanctions.

The Czech Republic has a strategic oil reserve for 90 days
On August 10, it became known that the Hungarian company MOL and the Slovak refinery Slovnaft agreed with the Ukrainian side to resume supplies and paid transit costs. Oil again began to flow through the pipeline.

The Druzhba oil pipeline starts in the Samara region, passes through Bryansk, and then branches into two sections: the northern one, which goes through the territory of Belarus, Poland, and Germany, and the southern one, through Ukraine, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary.

Pumping through the pipeline in 2019 amounted to 42.3 million tons, including 3.8 million tons to the Czech Republic, five million tons to Slovakia, and 4.1 million tons to Hungary. In 2021, Transneft reduced transportation to 35.9 million tons. It was predicted that in 2022, supplies will increase to 45.5 million tons.

In May, after Budapest announced that it was impossible to completely abandon Russian gas, Olena Zerkal, adviser to the Minister of Energy of Ukraine, said that Kyiv had leverage on Hungary in the form of transit through Druzhba, with which “something could happen.” In turn, Advisor to the Hungarian Prime Minister Balazs Orban noted that the EU countries guaranteed Budapest the possibility of offshore oil supplies from Russia if pumping through the Druzhba stops.

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