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Russia Resumes Oil Flow Toward Ukraine as Fee Is Paid

  • Slovakia has begun to receive oil via Druzhba link, Mol says
  • Hungary’s Mol agreed to pay oil-transit fee to Ukraine
A worker at MOL’s Slovakian unit, Slovnaft, in Bratislava.

A worker at MOL’s Slovakian unit, Slovnaft, in Bratislava.

Photographer: Zuzana Gogova/Getty Images 

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Russia resumed oil flows through a pipeline to central Europe after Hungary’s sole refiner stepped in to resolve a tussle over the payment of a transit fee, easing fears of a supply crunch in the region.

Slovakia began to receive Russian crude via the link across Ukraine, Hungarian refiner Mol Nyrt confirmed in a statement on Wednesday. Russia’s oil will reach Hungary starting Thursday. The transit fee payment agreement covers only flows to Slovakia and Hungary, not the Czech Republic, according to Slovnaft, part of Mol Group.