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An acute shortage of diesel fuel is observed at the depots in 40 percent of regions of Russia, RBC words of the President of the Independent fuel Union (STC, unites the owners of independent networks of stations and traders) Paul Bazhenov.
According to him, independent filling stations across the country can not buy diesel from oil companies to small and medium wholesale. “Commodity prices in the opt are exposed above the retail, which are themselves large companies sell petrol and diesel at the gas stations”, — he explained.
Opt has cost above retail, because after a sharp rise in fuel prices, the government managed to negotiate with major oil companies to freeze retail prices of gasoline and diesel from the beginning of June.
While at the pump prices remained at the same level, wholesale prices started to increase since September. As a result, according to market participants, large tank farms are experiencing a shortage of diesel, which is mostly spent on their own gas stations.
Earlier in the week the Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Medvedev said he was ready to enter prohibitive duties on oil and oil products to resolve the situation with fuel prices. This step, he promised to go if for several days the energy Ministry and oil companies will not prepare him an alternative suggestion on how to save the current fuel prices in the domestic market.
Video, photo All from Russia.