Russia says redirected most oil exports to China, India

Dec 27, 2023 | Entertainment, News


Russia's oil exports to Europe have dropped dramatically since the Ukraine conflict broke out
Russia’s oil exports to Europe have dropped dramatically since the Ukraine conflict broke out.
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Russia has redirected its oil exports from Europe to China and India, Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak said Wednesday, almost two years after Moscow was hit by Western sanctions over the Ukraine conflict.

After President Vladimir Putin sent troops to Ukraine in February 2022, Western countries hit Russia with a slew of sanctions including a European Union embargo on its seaborne oil deliveries.

“We previously supplied a total of 40 to 45 percent of oil and oil products to Europe,” said Novak, who is in charge of energy policy.

“This year, we expect the figure not to exceed four to five percent of total exports,” Novak said in a televised interview.

As it was losing much of its market share in Europe, Moscow pivoted to other buyers including China.

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“China — whose share (of oil exports) has grown to 45-50 percent — and India have become our main partners in the current situation,” Novak said.

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India, which previously received almost no shipment, has become a major buyer.

“In two years the total share of supplies to India has increased to about 40 percent,” Novak said.

India has been able to snap up discounted crude from Russia before refining it and selling it to European customers, reports say.

While these sales are legal, critics say they amount to a backdoor route for Russian oil and undermine the impact of the sanctions.

Russia has also had to find new markets for its natural gas exports as Moscow cut its exports to EU nations, which have also looked for new suppliers.

Novak said the Russian energy industry had successfully developed despite multiplying sanctions in 2023.

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Novak said he expected Russian oil and gas revenues will amount to almost nine trillion rubles ($98 billion) this year — a level similar to before the offensive in 2021.

The oil and gas industry accounts for 27 percent of Russia’s gross domestic product, according to Novak, bringing in 57 percent of Russia’s export revenues.

Novak said Russia was open to other buyers.

“There are a lot of people who want to buy Russian oil. These are Latin American countries, African countries, and other countries of the Asia-Pacific region.”

Source: AFP





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