Reserve Bank of India Deputy Governor Michael Patra said that the US Treasury Department informed India that Russian crude oil had been brought off the coast of Gujarat, refined and exported to the United States.
After Russia began its invasion of Ukraine, the United States imposed sanctions on Russian products. Fuels like crude oil, refined oil, coal and gas are banned.
“After loading the vessel with refined fuel, it headed aimlessly back into the bay. Upon arrival in the bay, it returned to New York.” Patra said. Reuters news agency reported.
The US Embassy in New Delhi has responded to the matter saying that there is no immediate response. The paper was India’s first response to the incident.
Patra said that the crude oil was being processed to make single-use plastic. The newspaper did not disclose which plant was used for refining or who owned the vessel used for export.
India is not ready to deny Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Nor has it participated in sanctions against Russia. India is the third largest importer of oil in the world. India used to buy fuel from Russia only occasionally. But after the war started, many western countries embargoed Russia and India started importing fuel from Russia.
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