Ukraine has stopped pumping oil through the Druzhba pipeline towards Hungary, Igor Demin, Transneft spokesman and presidential adviser, told Russian state-owned agency RIA Novosti. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban will convene the country’s Security Council due to the stoppage of the oil pipeline and also in connection with two missiles striking Polish territory, said government spokesman Bertalan Havasi, according to a quote by Russian state-owned agency TASS.
According to Transneft, Ukraine cited a drop in voltage when stopping the pipeline.
Media reports have also claimed that the Hungarian defense minister held telephone talks with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.
On October 11, a leak was discovered on one of the strands of the Druzhba pipeline, reported Polish operator PERN. The Druzhba pipeline supplies Russian oil to Germany.
Built in the 1960s, the pipeline’s route runs from Russia's Samara to Mozyr in the Gomel region of Belarus and then splits into two sections: a northern section, which runs through Belarus, Poland, Germany, Latvia and Lithuania, and a southern section, which runs through Ukraine, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Croatia.