July 1, 2022

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Greenpeace activists tried to block a Russian oil tanker bound for Norway

Greenpeace activists tried to block a Russian oil tanker bound for Norway

Ost Luga — loaded with $116 million worth of Russian jet fuel — was on its way to the port of Slagentangen, about 53 miles south of the capital, Oslo, when activists chained themselves to its berth, Greenpeace Nordic spokesman Odd Hejli Nordow told CNN. If the. .

Slagen Oil Station It is owned by blackIt is a subsidiary of the giant American oil company ExxonMobil (XOM).

In an attempt to prevent the tanker from docking seven Nordeau said Greenpeace activists set out on boats through the waters of the Oslo Strait and chained themselves to anchor.

A Greenpeace spokesperson confirmed to CNN that they had all been detained, along with several activists from the Extinction Rebellion climate action group who joined the blockade. Emergency activists were later released.

The Ust Luga is now docked in Slagen, according to the Marine Traffic tracking website.

“The fact that our government continues to allow the import of Russian fossil fuels in the current situation is simply unfathomable,” Greenpeace Norway president Frod Plame said in a statement to CNN.

“I was shocked because Norway acts as a free port for Russian oil, the financial resources of which we know [Russian President Vladimir] Putin’s war.

The Ust Luga tanker is registered in Hong Kong, according to Marine Traffic.

According to shipping data provider Lloyd’s List, the tanker is operated by Russian gas producer Novatek. intelligence. The CEO and main shareholder of Novatek is the oligarch Leonid Mikhelson, who is owned by CNN Previously mentioned As close relations with Putin.

“The transfer of oil from Russia is not in itself a violation of sanctions currently in place in the European Union or in Norway,” Anne Havardsdatter Lundy, a communications adviser to the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, told CNN in a statement. “The Norwegian authorities therefore have no legal basis to stop such an extradition.”

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“In areas outside the scope of sanctions, the government is of the view that each company must independently decide what actions it will take beyond those that comply with existing legislation,” she added.

Greenpeace also calls on Esso to cancel it Contracts with Russia.

An ExxonMobil spokesperson told CNN in a statement that Russian fuel shipments to Norway “fulfill contracts in place prior to the invasion.”

“We have not made any new purchases of Russian products since the invasion and there are no plans for future purchases,” she said.

“We fully comply with all sanctions, and support internationally coordinated efforts to put an end to Russia’s unprovoked attack,” the spokesman added.

raft from energy companies He left Russia after President Vladimir Putin ordered troops into Ukraine in late February. BP (BP)And coincidence (SHLX) Norwegian oil company Equinor has either stopped trading Russian oil or concluding new contracts.
Exxon, which has been operating in Russia for more than 25 years, vowed to quit from her Sakhalin Project 1 A huge oil and natural gas project located off Sakhalin Island in the Russian Far East.

Mark Thompson contributed to this report.