For the second time since the beginning of this year, Ukraine is trying to increase the transit cost of Russian oil passing through the Druzhba pipeline through its territory in the direction of Slovakia, Hungary and the Czech Republic.
According to Kommersant, according to preliminary data, Ukrainian pipeline operator Ukrtransnafta plans to double the transit tariff for Russian oil from April 1.
Kiev authorities explain this growth by the costs of renewing the infrastructure in the field of oil transport. There is also a version that Kiev increased rates in connection with Hungary, which decided not to refuse to buy Russian oil.
No final decision has been made on this issue, and negotiations are currently ongoing. Paying for the pumping of oil from the Russian Federation through Druzhba, the Transneft company is aware of Kiev’s intentions. Head of Transneft Nikolai Tokarev He said that by the end of the year, deliveries are expected at the level of 12 million tons last year.
Financial University Specialist under the Government of the Russian Federation Igor Yushkov He does not believe that the increase in Ukraine’s transit tariff will have a critical impact on consumers in some way. He states that the intention of the Kiev authorities is not due to political reasons, but to the need for additional funds.
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