MOSCOW, April 26. /TASS/. Russian oil in the Druzhba pipeline was deliberately contaminated through the private Samaratransneft-terminal, which receives oil from several small producers, Igor Demin, spokesman of Russia oil pipeline operator Transneft, told reporters.
"Russian law enforcement agencies have initiated a criminal case for oil contamination. The first results show that this contamination was a deliberate act. Now, investigative activities are under way in offices of several private companies in Samara to determine their involvement in the incident. It is certain that organochlorine compounds were injected through a metering unit belonging to the private entity of Samaratransneft-terminal, which receives oil and analyzes its quality from several small producers," Demin said.
He also recalled that a meeting in Minsk representatives of the oil pipeline and oil refining agencies of Belarus, Poland, Ukraine and Russia determine technical solutions for the resumption of oil transportation to Belarus and Europe.
On Friday, April 19, Belarus announced a sharp deterioration in the quality of oil coming from Russia through the trunk oil pipeline Druzhba. The company informed operators of the Druzhba pipeline from other countries about the issue. The source of pollution was found on the Samara-Unecha section of Druzhba.
On April 23, Belarus suspended the export of light petroleum products to Ukraine, Poland and the Baltic countries due to poor-quality oil supplied to Belarusian refineries. Poland, Germany, Ukraine and Slovakia suspended deliveries of crude oil from Russia via the Druzhba pipeline.
The Russian authorities admitted the fact that the oil supplied via the pipeline is of poor quality but the problem is technical and will be resolved soon.
Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak promised that high-quality oil from Russia will be on the border with Belarus on April 29.