KIEV, 19 Feb – RIA Novosti. The National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine made a decision on the need to return the Ukrainian section of the Samara-Western Direction oil pipeline to state ownership, said NSDC Secretary Oleksiy Danilov.
According to the office of the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, the NSDC, following the meeting, drew attention to the fact that, according to the law, “the main pipeline transport is of great economic and defense importance and is the state property of Ukraine.”
“Having considered this issue, the NSDC decided to take urgent measures to return the state property of the people of Ukraine. Law enforcement agencies were also tasked with clarifying the circumstances in which state property ended up in private hands,” the president's office said following the NSDC meeting.
According to Danilov, the pipeline is now being illegally used by foreign companies owned by Ukrainian citizens.
“Indeed, this is PrykarpatZapadtrans. We are talking about this oil product pipeline with a length of 1,433 kilometers, which, in our opinion, in a very strange way ended up in the private hands of a foreign state,” Danilov said at a briefing following the NSDC meeting on Friday.
PrykarpatZapadtrans LLC operates a section of the Samara-Western Direction oil product pipeline. It is designed to pump diesel fuel from Russia and Belarus for Ukraine and transit to Europe.