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Russian Oil Sales to India Have Soared Since the Invasion of Ukraine

  • Russian oil sales to India have more than doubled the 2021 total since the invasion of Ukraine.
  • Indian refiners have purchased nearly 40 million barrels of Russian crude since Feb. 24.
  • Russia is selling oil at a big discount as the war has hit demand for its crude supplies.

Russian oil sales to India since the invasion of Ukraine are already more than doubled their 2021 total, according to Reuters.

Indian refiners have purchased nearly 40 million barrels of Russian crude since February 24, up from 16 million barrels bought in all of 2021, Reuters calculated.

The soaring sales come amid steep discounts for Russian crude as Moscow’s war on Ukraine has resulted in other customers shunning its supplies.

While the European Union has yet to impose a full-scale embargo on Russian oil, so-called self-sanctioning among oil companies has still hit demand. Meanwhile, New Delhi has stressed the need for a ceasefire in Ukraine but has yet to condemn Russia’s actions or President Vladimir Putin.

Indian refiners say the Russian oil is necessary to offset price shocks to consumers given skyrocketing inflation. Oil Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said on Friday that the imports from Russia only account for a small fraction of India’s overall supply needs. 

India — the world’s third largest importer of oil — gets 85% of its oil to supply from other countries. 

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