international magazine
08 / 2006

A matter of technique

What everyone expected to happen after Mazeikiu Nafta controlling stake changed hands happened — Lithuania lost Russian pipeline oil supplies. There is an objective reason for this — the break in the pipeline which occurred at the end of July. Authorities in Russia's Transneft merely shrug their shoulders — well, you know, it's the pipeline's fault; it's aged and needed to be repaired. It is difficult to accuse the Russians of blockading Lithuania — the fact of the pipeline accident cannot be disputed. Still, the issue of how long it will take to fix it remains open… Transneft executives say repairs could drag on a long time.