Russia has welcomed India’s decision to not support the price cap on Russian oil announced by the G7 countries and their allies. Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak made the statement during his meeting with India’s Ambassador to Russia, Pavan Kapoor. The cap was imposed on 5 December by the G7 countries and their allies.
The Group of Seven major powers, the European Union and Australia last week agreed to a 60 dollor per barrel price cap on Russian seaborne crude oil after EU members overcame resistance from Poland. The price ceiling seeks to restrict Russia’s revenue as punishment for its assault on Ukraine while making sure Moscow keeps supplying the global market.
Novak described introducing a price cap on Russian oil as an “anti-market measure which he stressed affects supply chains. The introduction of a price cap on Russian oil is an anti-market measure. It disrupts supply chains and could significantly complicate the situation in global energy markets. Such non-market mechanisms disrupt the international trading system as a whole and set a dangerous precedent in the energy market,” Novak said in the statement.
According to the statement issued by the Russian Foreign Ministry, Russian oil imports to India rose to 16.35 million tonnes in the first eight months of 2022. Notably, India continues to import oil from Russia despite the ongoing war between Moscow and Kyiv.
During the summer, Russia was ranked second in terms of oil shipments to India. Furthermore, deliveries of oil products and coal also increased.
However, Union minister for petroleum and natural gas Hardeep Singh Puri recently said that the price cap on Russian crude oil will not affect India as the country’s exposure to Russian oil is not significant.
In an interview with BQPrime, Puri said that Russia is not the top supplier of oil to the country, while Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and UAE are the traditional major suppliers of crude.
Further, Novak offered cooperation to India on leasing and building large-capacity ships in order to not depend on the ban on insurance services and tanker chartering in European Union and the United Kingdom, the statement said.
Meanwhile, Russia, the world’s biggest exporter of energy, could cut oil production and will refuse to sell oil to any country that imposes the West’s stupid price cap on Russian oil, President Vladimir Putin said recently.
The Kremlin chief cautioned that attempts by the West to impose a price cap would lead to the global collapse of the oil industry and then a catastrophic rise in prices.