Never ending ‘Druzhba pipeline’ Saga. Be nice to us
As the BNS announced on the 20th of July, Lithuania still fails to get an official confirmation of recent press reports about the completion of repairs on the branch of Russia’s Druzhba pipeline supplying crude to Mazeikiu Nafta (Mazeikiai Oil), the sole Lithuanian oil refining and transportation complex controlled by Poland’s PKN Orlen.Economy minister adviser Ričardas Slapsys told BNS that Sergey Grigoryev, vice-president of Russia’s pipeline monopoly Transneft, said he was unaware of such developments when contacted by Lithuania’s commercial attaché.
Mazeikiu Nafta also said to know nothing about possible resumption of crude supply by Druzhba pipeline.
“We have got no official confirmation – probably this report is not backed with facts. There has always been plenty of unconfirmed information about Druzhba,” Rosvaldas Gorbaciovas, head of communications department at Mazeikiu Nafta, told BNS.
The repairs of Druzhba pipeline had been completed, and the supply of crude to Mazeikiu Nafta could be resumed, the news agency Bloomberg reported earlier citing Russia’s Interfax.
The supply of crude to Mazeikiu Nafta by Druzhba was suspended in July 2006.
I would like to add that the news about the ‘resumption’ of Druzhba pipeline appears in the Lithuanian press on the regular bases. The sources of this information are the Russian News agencies like Interfax and others under favourable to Putin. It seems that Kremlin is interested in keeping the ‘Druzhba pipeline’ Saga alive as a reminder to Lithuanian authorities that ‘if you want the oil through the pipeline be nice to us’.