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FAS issued a warning to the head of the Independent fuel Union

The Federal Antimonopoly service (FAS) of Russia issued a warning to the President of the Independent fuel Union (NTS) Pavel Bazhenov because of the statements about the upcoming increase in prices of petroleum products, according to service.

"FAS Russia warns the President of the Union of independent participants of the fuel market "Independent fuel Union" from taking actions that may violate the law on protection of competition Public statements about the upcoming increase in prices of petroleum products in the absence of objective reasons unacceptable," - said in the message.

Explained that the head of the NTS in the comments to articles in the media predicted the rise in wholesale fuel prices, a significant increase in prices in the wholesale segment, and problems with the purchase of petroleum products in Tula, Samara, Tver, Ryazan and Saratov regions and other regions of the Russian Federation, as well as the cost of gasoline at the gas station.

"Such statements can lead to panic and, subsequently, speculation in the market, to provoke an unjustified price increase. The message was made an officer of the Union, which is a large number of business entities that is absolutely incorrect, especially in this difficult period," - said the head of Department of regulation of fuel and energy complex and chemical industry FAS Armen Khanyan, whose words are included in the release.

NTS in turn at the end of may, sent the head of the Ministry of energy Alexander Novak and the head of the FAS Igor Artemyev letter with a request to restore market mechanisms of the internal market of oil products, in particular, abolishing the damper and a ban on the import of fuel.

In NTS then noted that despite the low prices for oil products on world markets in Russia in small wholesale prices are rising. So, in may the average wholesale price of gasoline AI-92 rose by 10%, AI-95 - by 7.5%, diesel fuel - by 3.5%. Moreover, in the same period, wholesale prices increased by 17%, 21.5% and 6.8% respectively. And in addition to rising prices, the Union also recorded problems with the shipment of oil in Tula, Samara, Tver, Ryazan and Saratov regions and the Bashkortostan Republic.