Photo: Vasily Fedosenko / Reuters
The French company Total and Italy’s Eni suspended the payments for Russian oil due to its pollution. About it reports Reuters, citing sources.
The company said its suppliers that are willing to pay for “clean” oil and will resume payment when agreement is reached on the amount of compensation for damages. “Why someone should pay for this oil? If to be honest, it’s not oil at all, and no one in Russia can not clearly explain who is who and when will compensate for [the loss of oil from contaminated],” said one of the sources.
According to Reuters, the payment was to be held on may 15. While in theory, buyers can refuse to pay for the purchased of “dirty” oil because its quality did not meet the standard prescribed in the contract. However, according to Russian law, you first must have a received payment for delivered raw materials, and only then, if the quality is not up to the standard the buyer can claim compensation. Payment “can take months or years,” the Agency said.
“Our position is clear. Western companies have to pay first and then sue for damages,” — said the representative of one of the largest Russian oil companies.
May 15, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak said that the Transneft — operator of the Russian part of the pipeline — compensate loss to oil companies due to supply of contaminated oil and the subsequent stopping of transit oil pipeline “Druzhba”.
About the problems with the quality of Russian oil that goes via the Druzhba pipeline through Belarus to Europe, it became known in April. In the future, raw materials found a high content of chlororganics. This led to the temporary suspension of oil supplies to Europe. In “Transneft” declared that the contamination was intentional. President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko has previously estimated the damage from dirty oil to hundreds of millions of dollars. In “Ukrtransnafta” said that the damage will amount to one million dollars.
Video, photo All from Russia.