French energy giant prosecuted for “complicity in war crimes” – AFP – RT Business News

TotalEnergies would be accused of helping to produce fuel for Russian warplanes

Two associations have lodged a complaint against the French oil and gas group TotalEnergies, accusing it of having “complicity in war crimes” in Ukraine, AFP reported on Thursday, citing sources familiar with the matter.

According to the news agency, the plaintiffs are the France-based Darwin Climax Coalition and Ukrainian group Razom We Stand, which accuse the energy major of owning a stake in a company that operates a Russian natural gas field, supplying products which are then refined. in jet fuel. They claim the fuel is used by Russian warplanes in Ukraine.

“By continuing to exploit a deposit” producing gas condensates which are then transformed into fuel, TotalEnergies “contributed to providing the Russian government with the means necessary for the commission of war crimes”, says the complaint.

TotalEnergies rejected the allegations, calling them outrageous and defamatory. “These accusations against our Company, which conducts its operations in strict compliance with European Union policy and applicable European sanctions measures, are particularly serious and unfounded in view of the explanations we have provided”, the company said.

Last October, the two associations had filed a similar complaint, dismissed after a “an exhaustive legal and factual analysis of all the elements presented by the plaintiffs and, on its own initiative, TotalEnergies”, according to French anti-terrorism prosecutors.

Lawyers for the associations said they planned to challenge the decision and accused prosecutors of bowing to political pressure.

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