The Minister of Infrastructure assured that there is no threat to Ukraine in stopping fuel supplies from Russia
The capacity of oil terminals in the seaports of Ukraine allow to increase the volumes of oil products refining multiple times today. This was stated by Volodymyr Omelian, Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine.
“We have repeatedly heard that Ukraine will freeze without Russian gas, now we hear that the supply of diesel fuel will be suspended and we will be absorbed by chaos, collapse and shortages. We want to assure you that there are no threats,” Omelian said during a joint briefing with Andrii Herus, the Presidential representative in parliament.
Volodymyr Omelian also stated that PJSC “Ukrzaliznytsia” can provide sufficient traction and freight rolling stock for the transportation of oil products.
Recall that in the spring 2019, the Russian government tightened economic sanctions against Ukraine, in particular – traders must receive permission of the Russian Ministry of Economic Development for import fuel and coal to Ukraine.
In response, the Ukrainian government introduced an additional duty and quotas for Russian fuel – 3.75% for diesel fuel (pipeline) and 1.75% for liquefied gas.
After that, the largest importer of diesel fuel to Ukraine, the Wexler group, announced the suspension of diesel fuel deliveries from Russia by pipeline transport – due to the establishment of a special duty.