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Ukraine shuts down transit of Russian coal to Slovakia

Ukraine banned the transit of coal from Russia through its territory to Slovakia. According to Kommersant, the supplies were intended for the plant of the American company US Steel operating in this country.

On January 24, Ukrzaliznytsia imposed a ban on the transit of Russian coal grades K, T, R, SS, D, concentrate, and anthracite. The decision will be valid until canceled and applies to all types of wagons.

The outlet predicts that the restrictions will not last long, as the Slovak authorities will turn to Ukraine with a requirement to abandon them. According to the Russian Ministry of Energy, in general, the Russian Federation exported 935,800 tons of coal to the country over the past year.

Context. Since the beginning of the new year, Ukrzaliznytsia has re-imposed a ban on the transportation of ore to Slovakia (both from Ukraine and from the Russian Federation).

Recall: the import of coal from the Russian Federation to the territory of Ukraine is carried out according to the quotas. In November 2021, Russia stated that it would no longer supply Ukraine with coal used for energy needs. In general, over the past year, the Ukrainian side imported energy and coking coal worth $2.488 billion, of which the Russian Federation accounted for 62% of payments, or $1.545 billion, and the USA—almost 20% of payments, or $494 million.

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