According to Russian information, Germany and Poland have also ordered oil from Russia for the coming year – despite the embargo imposed. “They have declared that from January 1st they will no longer take oil from Russia. But we received orders from Polish consumers: give us three million tons next year and 360,000 tons in December,” Nikolai Tokarev, head of the state-owned pipeline company Transneft, told Russian television on Tuesday. According to Tokarjew, Germany has already placed an order for the first quarter.

So far, there has been no confirmation from Berlin and Warsaw of Tokarjew’s claims. Since 1963, first the Soviet Union and then Russia have supplied crude oil through the Druzhba pipeline.

An embargo on Russian oil delivered by sea has been in effect in the EU since the beginning of December because of the war of aggression against Ukraine ordered by Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin. However, Germany and Poland have declared that they also want to voluntarily forego Russian pipeline oil. This ban should apply from January 1st.