French prosecutors decline to investigate TotalEnergies over Russia ties

17 January, 11:11 PM
TotalEnergies suspected of supplying fuel for Russian fighter jets (Photo:REUTERS/Stephane Mahe)

TotalEnergies suspected of supplying fuel for Russian fighter jets (Photo:REUTERS/Stephane Mahe)

Anti-Terrorism Unit of the Paris Public Prosecutor's Office has dismissed the complaint – filed by Darwin Climax Coalition and Razom We Stand organizations – about French energy company TotalEnergies supplying Russia’s Air Force, Razom We Stand said in a message on its website on Jan. 16.

Paris prosecutors reasoned that the evidence base and proof of intentionality were insufficient to launch an official probe.

In August 2022, French newspaper Le Monde published a report that showed TotalEnergies remains active on the Russian market, supplying Moscow with gas condensate, which is then turned into aviation fuel for Russian warplanes.

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“Ukrainian people continue to suffer from daily vicious Russian war crimes, recently in Dnipro, that are funded by sales of Russian fossil fuels, often with collaboration of European fossil fuel companies,” the message quotes Svitlana Romanko, founder and Director of Razom We Stand.

“TotalEnergies’ collaboration with Russia has been well documented and they must be held accountable.”

Darwin Climax Coalition and Razom We Stand said they intend to appeal the decision, hoping the case may eventually get taken up by French authorities.

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