UK supermarket chains are still selling Russian fuel despite making a show of banning country’s vodka and other products
Supermarkets that have made a show of banning vodka and other Russian products continue to sell the country’s fuel.
The retail industry’s trade body said the supermarkets will have to phase it out by the end of 2022 in line with a UK ban on Russian oil imports.
Greenpeace, which filmed the tankers, accused the supermarkets of effectively funding Putin’s war machine by buying Russian diesel.
On Wednesday and Thursday, the trucks were seen arriving at Navigator Terminals, at the mouth of the Thames, just hours after a 33,000-ton shipment was delivered. Greenpeace UK oil and gas campaigner, Elena Polisano, said: ‘Supermarkets were quick to remove Russian vodka from shelves and rename their chicken Kievs as chicken Kyivs.
Supermarkets picked up 33,000-ton shipment of Russian diesel in Essex this week (pictured) A woman fills up her car with diesel at a petrol station
‘Customers will be outraged if supermarkets are asking them to donate to Ukraine at the till, but passing their money to Putin at the pump.’
Polling for Greenpeace UK found that 74 per cent of the public are unaware that fuel at supermarket petrol stations may contain Russian diesel.
Russian vodka and other imports had been boycotted over Russia’s war with Ukraine (Stock Image) Bottle of Russian Standard Vodka
Andrew Opie from the British Retail Consortium said: ‘Our members are fully committed to phasing out Russian oil… and are working to do so as quickly as possible while ensuring good supply for customers.’
Sainsbury’s added it has ‘taken a range of steps’ to show support for Ukraine.