Astana, January 11 – Kazakhstan’s Energy Minister Bulat Akshulakov said that Russia supported the transportation of Kazakh oil through the Druzhba pipeline to Germany.
“We were waiting for official confirmation from our colleagues from Russia about the passage through the territory of the Russian Federation, so we have oral confirmation,” Akshulakov told reporters on the sidelines of the government on Wednesday.
He said that the Kazakh side does not expect any difficulties in this matter. “We have never had major problems with the Russian Federation regarding pumping,” the minister said.
Germany said in September it would hold talks with Kazakhstan about buying oil with transportation through the Druzhba pipeline in order to supply additional volumes to the refinery in Schwedt and replace Russian volumes. Now Kazakhstan uses the Druzhba transit, sending about 10 million tons of oil towards the port of Ust-Luga.