Belarus is reducing the flow of oil via the Druzhba pipeline from Russia to Poland for three days due to unplanned maintenance while the migrant crisis on the Belarus-Poland border escalates, OilPrice anaylsed
Minsk, November 18 - Neftegaz.RU.
Belarusian operator Gomeltransneft Druzhba has limited the pumping of oil through the Druzhba pipeline from Russia to Europe, which crosses Belarus
because of unscheduled repair works on one of the branches, Igor Demin, a representative of Russia's Transneft pipeline monopoly, told reporters as carried by TASS.
The Druzhba oil pipeline carries oil to Belarusian oil refineries and then via 2 branches to Ukraine and the EU member states of Poland
, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany, Hungary, Latvia, and Lithuania.
Polish pipeline operator PERN said on Wednesday that it had been informed by Transneft that oil flows to Poland and Germany would be «slightly reduced» and there would be no change in the monthly volume of deliveries.
Poland's crude oil
system is fully secured and operational, the operator added.
The reduction of oil flows to Poland and Germany takes place amid rising tensions on the Belarus-Poland border, where violence erupted on Tuesday in clashes between migrants and Polish border guards.
The EU said on Monday it was broadening the scope for sanctions against Belarus:
Last week, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko threatened
to halt natural gas supply at the key Yamal pipeline from Russia to Germany passing through Belarus if the EU imposes additional sanctions on the country in response to the migrant crisis at the Belarus-Poland border.
Russia's President Vladimir Putin, however, was quick to respond to the threat.
Putin said Lukashenko had not consulted Moscow
on the issue, and if he did, he risked a response from the Russian side.
Despite the threats by Lukashenko, German authorities reported that gas flows via the Yamal
pipeline had actually increased over the weekend.
Author: Charles Kennedy