The import of energy goods from Russia, such as crude oil, refined fuels, distillates, coal, and gas, into the United States is prohibited. Now, the US is worried over routing of Russian oil through India.
According to a top official from the Indian central bank on Saturday, the United States has informed India that it is concerned that it is being used to export fuel manufactured from Russian oil to New York through high-seas transfers to conceal its origin.
According to Reserve Bank of India Deputy Governor Michael Patra, the U.S. Treasury Department informed India that an Indian ship had taken oil from a Russian tanker on the high seas and transported it to a port on Gujarat’s west coast where it had been processed and transported elsewhere.
The import of energy goods from Russia, including crude oil, refined fuels, distillates, coal, and gas, are prohibited in the United States due to sanctions imposed by the United States on Moscow for its intervention in Ukraine in February.
“The refined output was put back on that ship and it set sail without a destination. In the mid-seas it received the destination so it reached at its course, went to New York,” Mr. Patra said at an event to celebrate 75 years of India’s independence.
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“Special military operation”
The remarks made by Mr. Patra are the country of India’s first official public mention of these worries. Neither Delhi nor Moscow have denounced what Moscow refers to as a “special military operation” in one of its neighbors.
According to Mr. Patra, he was informed that the Russian crude was refined and turned into a distillate that was used to create single-use plastic. He made no mention of the Indian refiner or vessel.
“So that’s the way war works. It works in strange ways,” he said.
In the past, India, the third-largest oil consumer and importer, rarely purchased Russian oil. However, since the war began, Indian refiners have been buying cheap Russian oil, which is avoided by many Western nations and businesses.