Russia stops shipping Kazakhstan’s oil to world markets

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Russia halted on Wednesday the shipment of Kazakh oil through the Caspian Line to world markets, for the third time in four months.

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The government-run “Russia Today” channel said that the work of the aforementioned oil transmission line was suspended by a decision of the Novorossiysk city court in southern Russia for a period of 30 days.

It explained that the reason for making this judicial decision is due to “the environmental violations that have been identified and which must be eliminated in order for the line to resume its work.”

The company supervising the operation of the line intends to appeal the court’s decision and object to it before the competent Russian judicial authorities.

The company had suspended the line’s work last March due to an accident at the remote mooring units in the port of Novorossiysk.

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On June 19, Russia stopped shipping Kazakhstan’s oil through the line due to the discovery of 50 mines from the time of World War II in the Caspian Sea; It was disposed of and pumping resumed on the 23rd of the same month.

The aforementioned line is considered one of the largest oil transportation routes from the Caspian Sea to world markets, with a length of 1500 km.