OREANDA-NEWS  Slovakia has asked for permission to continue buying oil from Russia. Attempts to extend the exclusion of energy resources from the Russian Federation from the ban were announced by the Foreign Minister of the European country, Jurai Blanar, his words are quoted by RIA Novosti.

"We are trying to extend the exemption for Slovnaft for one year, we are talking about products for both the Czech Republic, Ukraine, and for us," the diplomat said.

According to Blanard, the cancellation of the permit to receive energy resources from Russia will seriously affect the republic and may lead to an acceleration of inflation. Earlier, the speaker of the Slovak Parliament, Peter Pellegrini, announced the need to extend the exclusion of Russian oil from the European sanctions list. This measure is necessary to prevent the destabilization of oil products supplies throughout the region: it will take time to transfer infrastructure to the use of oil other than Russian, he explained.

In the summer of 2023, Hungary asked to extend the exemption from sanctions of Russian oil for the energy company MOL. According to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Economic Relations of the European country Peter Szijjarto, a member of the MOL group of the Slovnaft oil company, which sells refined Russian oil products in the Czech Republic, it will also take a long time to rebuild production.

Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic receive Russian oil through the southern branch of the Druzhba oil pipeline, which is not subject to EU sanctions. In the summer, the countries agreed to build a common oil pipeline through which energy resources from the Druzhba pipeline will transit through Hungary to Serbian consumers.