Russia is sending more oil to Asia as China and India continue to snap up cheap barrels, bolstering Moscow's revenues despite EU sanctions
Russiahas increased oil shipments out of the major port of Kozmino by about 20%. Chinaand Indiahave been snapping up discounted Russian oil amid sanctions and boycotts.
Russia is shipping more oil to Asia as it looks to counter the impact of EU sanctions.
Last Monday, the EU agreed on a Russian oil ban that stands to cut about 90% of Russian oil imports to the bloc by the end of the year. But demand from China and India is robust, as Russia discounts its oil prices amid sweeping sanctions over the war in
To meet Asian demand, Russia has increased shipments by about 20% out of the major port of Kozmino in the east of the country, Reuters reported on Tuesday, citing three sources familiar with the matter.
The exports from the port are pumped via the East Siberia Pacific Ocean (ESPO) pipeline operated by Transneft. The Russian pipeline company has increased the amount of
Transneft did not respond immediately to Insider's request for comment sent outside regular business hours.
India, meanwhile, has hit back at criticism that it's funding the war in Ukraine through its purchases. In May, the Indian petroleum and natural gas ministry said Russian
"We don't send people to buy Russian oil, we send people to buy oil in the market, buy the best oil," Indian foreign minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar said on Friday, per Economic Times.
Jaishankar also called out the rest of Europe for its massive Russian natural-gas purchases.
"Why it's only Indian money and fund coming from India and not gas coming to Europe which funds war, let's be even-handed out here," said Jaishankar, per Economic Times.
Former White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in April India isn't violating sanctions by buying Russian oil.
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