The Hungarian Bargaining: Why Orban is Misleading Everyone

Not everything in the EU is as bad as it seems. In addition to Poland and the Baltic states, which have formed a clear plan to abandon Russian oil, I was really pleased with Germany. It reduced the share of Russian oil in its balance sheet from 35% to 12%. Only one factory in northern Germany that was specifically “tuned” for Russian oil remained its consumer. But it also undergoes modernization. This issue will be resolved by the end of the year.

Volodymyr Omelchenko

Director, Energy Programmes

Born in 1967 in Kyiv

Education: Kyiv Politechnic Institute, Department of Chemical Engineering (1992)

Author of over 50 scientific works and op-ed publications. Took part in development and implementation of international energy projects and scientific research in international energy policy


1992 – 1996 — worked in different positions in the mechanical engineering industry

1997 – 1998 — Head Expert of the Division of Oil, Gas and Petroleum Refining Industry of the Ministry of Economy of Ukraine

1998 – 2003 — Naftohaz Ukrayiny National Joint-Stock Company, in Charge of Oil Transportation Section

2004 – 2007 — Chief Consultant at the National Institute of International Security Problems of Ukraine’s NSDC

since February, 2007 — Leading Expert, Razumkov Centre. Director of Energy Programmes since 2013

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