Gas tankers from a number of of the largest supermarkets within the nation have been noticed taking diesel from Russia, campaigners say.
Greenpeace photographed Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda and Morrisons tankers on the Navigator Terminals on the banks of the River Thames in Essex.
The tankers picked up gas simply hours after a cargo of 33,000 tonnes of diesel was delivered to the location, Greenpeace mentioned, though the terminal additionally offers with shipments from different international locations.
Greenpeace campaigner Elena Polisano mentioned: “Supermarkets have been fast to take away Russian vodka from cabinets and rename their rooster Kievs as rooster Kyivs.
“Clients shall be outraged if supermarkets are asking them to donate to Ukraine on the until however passing their cash to Putin on the pump.”
The UK Authorities has mentioned it should section out imports of Russian oil merchandise by the top of this 12 months, however within the meantime tankers can proceed to come back to Britain.
The supermarkets plan to additionally section out Russian oil by the top of the 12 months, the British Retail Consortium mentioned.
“Our members are absolutely dedicated to phasing out Russian oil in keeping with the federal government’s determination and are working to take action as shortly as attainable whereas making certain good provide for patrons,” BRC director of meals Andrew Opie mentioned.
However Greenpeace known as for a faster ban.
“If Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda and Morrisons actually need to stand by Ukraine, they need to ensure that they’re not filling their pumps with Putin’s diesel that’s straight funding his bloody struggle,” it mentioned.
“On the very least, they need to demand that the federal government implement an instantaneous ban on imports of Russian fossil fuels.”
Greenpeace not too long ago commissioned a ballot by YouGov which revealed practically three-quarters of Britons have no idea supermarkets are promoting Russian diesel and 71 p.c need such gross sales to finish instantly.
Asda and Tesco declined to remark, whereas Morrisons didn’t reply to a request for remark.
Sainsbury’s mentioned it’s working to cut back the quantity of diesel it sells from Russia and can cease all gross sales by the top of the 12 months.
There have been a number of different deliveries of gas to the Navigator Terminals website within the days main as much as the tanker’s arrival.
August Graham is the PA Metropolis reporter.