Ukraine resumed oil flows from Russia to Hungary and Slovakia via the Ukrainian section of the Druzhba oil pipeline, Naftogaz announced on Thursday.
Naftogaz’s JSC Ukrtransnafta pipeline operator revealed that it resumed operations upon receiving payment from Hungarian oil company MOL on Wednesday evening.
Ukraine had halted Russian oil shipments via Druzhba on August 4 after Western sanctions prevented it from receiving transit fees from Moscow.
Accordingly, the suspension of pipeline flows affected Slovakia, Hungary, and the Czech Republic as all rely heavily on Russian crude and have limited ability to import alternative supplies by sea.
The pipeline operator said that no funds were received from PJSC Transneft, a state-controlled pipeline transport company headquartered in Moscow. MOL, the Hungarian oil company took the initiative to undertake to pay transit fees for Russian oil transportation.
In the same vein, Ukrtransnafta pointed out that it has not received any data on transit fee payments from the Czech Republic so far.
Last July, a Russian court ordered a 30-day suspension of the activity of the Caspian Pipeline Consortium (CPC), which takes oil from Kazakhstan to the Black Sea.
The CPC operator noted that the ruling to halt operations was related to paperwork on oil spills and that the consortium had to abide by it, according to Reuters.
The decision came just two days after Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev told European Council President Charles Michel via phone that Nur-Sultan was “ready to use its hydrocarbon potential for the sake of stabilization of the global and European markets.”