US outraged over India’s role in transporting banned Russian oil – Reuters – RT Business News

New Delhi says Washington fears petroleum products from Russia were transferred to US via India

Washington has approached New Delhi with questions about Russian petroleum products allegedly being shipped to the United States from India, Reuters reported on Saturday, citing Reserve Bank of India Deputy Governor Michael Patra.

According to Patra, the US Treasury informed the country’s authorities that an Indian vessel had recovered oil from a Russian tanker on the high seas and delivered it to a port in the state of Gujarat, on the country’s west coast. , where the oil was processed and then shipped to New York.

You know that there are sanctions against people who buy Russian oil, and this was reported to us by the US Treasury… It turns out that an Indian ship met a Russian tanker in the middle of the sea, has recovered from oil in the middle of the sea, arrived in a port in Gujarat, it was processed in this port and transformed into a distillate which in fact goes into the manufacture of single-use plastic. The fine production was put back on this ship and it set sail with no destination. In the middle of the sea he received the destination so he reached his course, went to New York“, Patra said at an event in Odisha celebrating 75 years of Indian independence.

The official did not reveal the name of the vessel in question, or provide further details about it, but said “this is how war works, it works in strange ways.”

The United States banned the entry of Russian oil and petroleum products into the country earlier this year, as part of sanctions targeting Russia in connection with the situation in Ukraine.

India has refrained from sanctioning Moscow and, whereas before this year it rarely bought Russian oil, has increased its purchases tenfold since March, taking advantage of the discount offered by Moscow. According to Bloomberg, Russia overtook Saudi Arabia as the South Asian nation’s second-largest supplier in June, just behind Iraq.

The US Embassy in New Delhi did not comment on Patra’s statement when asked by Reuters.

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