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US Requests Assistance from Indian Refineries to Implement Russia Oil Price Cap

Russia OIl (Credits: ET EnergyWorld)

In a forthcoming address in New Delhi, US Treasury officials are set to highlight the impact of the G7’s price cap on Russian oil shipments, a strategic move aimed at limiting Moscow’s financial resources for its military actions in Ukraine.

The remarks, prepared for delivery by Eric Van Nostrand and Anna Morris at an Ananta Aspen Centre event, underscore the importance of India’s role in the global oil market, especially in light of recent shifts caused by Western sanctions against Russia.

The sanctions have redirected Russian oil from European markets to Asia, with India emerging as a major buyer. This shift is noted despite India’s longstanding economic and defense connections with Russia, a relationship that has been nuanced in the context of the Ukraine conflict.

US Urge India To Maintain Russian Oil Price Cap (Credits: ET EnergyWorld)

Despite this, recent discussions between the foreign ministers of Ukraine and India have opened doors to reviving trade and cooperation to pre-invasion levels.

The G7-led price cap is designed to avoid global supply disruptions by prohibiting Western maritime services, including insurance and shipping, for Russian oil transported at above $60 per barrel.

This policy, developed in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, aims to constrain Russia’s oil revenue without destabilizing the global oil market.

US officials visiting India focus on discussions around anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing, ensuring adherence to the price cap.

The initiative has seen support from international refiners, including India’s Reliance Industries, which have moved away from purchasing Russian oil transported by vessels owned by Russia’s state shipping company, Sovcomflot (SCF).

Russia Refinery (Credits: ET Auto)

The enforcement of the price cap has effectively reduced the market price for Russian oil, diminishing the country’s revenue from oil sales, which is crucial for funding its military endeavors in Ukraine.

The US Treasury has observed a major discount on Russian crude oil compared to the Brent international benchmark, which has widened since the imposition of the cap.

The US and its allies remain committed to vigilant monitoring and enforcement of the price cap policy. This collective effort seeks to impose financial constraints on Russia while striving to maintain stability within global energy markets.

The situation underscores the intricate balance between penalizing Russia for its aggression and preserving the flow of global oil supplies amidst geopolitical tensions.

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