As the Russia-Ukraine war continues to rage, affecting various aspects of the economy of the two warring countries and other countries of the world in extension, the Russian authorities said that Ukraine has shut down its (Russia) oil pipeline through which it supplies oil to European Union states.

This was made known on Tuesday by Transneft Pipeline Company, when it reported that transport of oil to Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia via the Druzhba pipeline was no longer possible.

The oil pipeline company which is controlled by the Russian said that UkrTransNafta, which operates Ukraine’s oil pipelines was responsible for the shutting down of the pipeline.

According to Transneft, the Druzhba was shut down in the early hours of Thursday last week (July 4th). Transneft noted that “In fact, UkrTransNafta completely halted the pumping of oil to Hungary, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia along the southern line of the Druzhba pipeline on August 4, in the morning.”

The spokesperson of the pipeline company, Igor Dyomin, also pointed out that the pipeline shutdown is connected with payment problems.

It was gathered that the Ukrainian government demanded pre-payment for pumping Russian oil across its territory but the payments made by Transneft were rejected following the sanctions imposed by the European Union (EU).

However, it was noted that oil transports will continue along Druzhba’s Northern route which runs through Belarus and Poland to Germany.

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