Russia has stopped oil exports to Slovakia, Hungary and the Czech Republic in these three European countries. The country said the decision was made because it could not pay the rent for transporting oil through the pipeline as a result of Western sanctions.

Transneft, Russia’s state-owned pipeline company, said yesterday that Ukraine has stopped transporting oil through the Druzhba pipeline, according to Perstud.

Russia used to supply oil to the three countries through this pipeline.

The Transneft company said that due to Western economic sanctions on Moscow, it is unable to pay the rent for the pipeline.

The company said in yesterday’s statement that on August 4, Kiev stopped the transportation of Russian oil through Ukraine. The company said it stopped transporting oil due to non-payment of rent for the Ukraine pipeline. A spokesman for the Slovakia refinery confirmed that oil shipments had been suspended for several days.

About two and a half million barrels of oil are transported daily through the southern branch of the Druzhba pipeline.