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Hungary Settles Russia’s Bill With Ukraine to Restore Oil Flows


BERLIN — Hungary’s main oil conglomerate said on Wednesday that it would pay an outstanding bill owed by Russia’s oil pipeline operator to the Ukrainian authorities, clearing the way for Russian oil deliveries to resume to three Central European countries.Analysts described the financial arrangement as an unexpected boomerang effect of sanctions imposed on Moscow.The conglomerate, MOL Group, an administrator of the Hungarian arm of the Druzhba, or Friendship, pipeline, said on Wednesday that it had “transferred the fee due for the use of the Ukrainian section of the pipeline.”Ukraine pledged to resume deliveries of Russian crude to the three countries, Hungary, Slovakia and Czech Republic, “within a matter of days,” MOL said.The authorities in those three countries said on Tuesday that Russian oil deliveries from the pipeline had stopped last week over “technical” bankin …

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