Transit of Russian crude through the Druzhba pipeline is back on track a day after Ukraine halted it
Russian oil is once again being transported to Hungary through the “Druzhba” Pipeline (of friendship) passing through Ukraine, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto confirmed on Wednesday, a day after Ukraine halted deliveries. kyiv blamed the disruption on the massive Russian missile attack targeting Ukraine’s energy infrastructure.
“Technical Specialists” managed to restore pipeline operation, Szijjarto said in a video address posted on social media, adding that pressure in the pipeline remains low as repair work continues. Earlier on Wednesday, Slovak Prime Minister Eduard Heger said the flow of oil through the Druzhba pipeline was expected “to be resumed in a few hours or a few days.”
Ukraine on Tuesday interrupted transit through the pipeline supplying Russian oil to Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Kyiv has informed Transneft of Russia that the service has been suspended due to a “pressure drop” the Russian oil giant said at the time. The move came in the wake of a Russian missile attack that Ukraine’s energy minister called a “the most massive bombardment” of the country’s energy infrastructure.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has called an emergency meeting of the National Security Council over the pipeline shutdown, despite Hungary and Slovakia saying they have enough oil reserves to last until the supply was stopped while repair work was in progress.
Ukraine suspends Russian oil deliveries to Hungary
The EU banned imports of Russian oil by sea in June as part of its sanctions policy targeting Moscow for its ongoing military campaign in Ukraine. Hungary, Czechia and Slovakia, however, were exempted from the ban and allowed to continue buying Russian oil through the pipeline.
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