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Despite curbs, Britain importing oil from Russia via India: Report



Although Britain took the lead in the West in imposing sanctions on Russiaincluding a ban on Russian oil imports to cut KremlinUK capital is importing Russian oil through India, it has appeared. The Daily Telegraph has reported that UK energy buyers include BP and Cover increased imports from India’s private crude refineries.
According to Kpler data analyzed by climate advocacy group Global Witness, the UK imported 29 shipments, or 10 million barrels, of diesel and other refined products from its private refineries. India since the war in Ukraine began in February 2022, compared with seven shipments, or 4 million barrels, in 2021. The data lists energy buyers including Aramco, Shell, BP and China Petroleum.
Crude oil from Russia is likely to be part of the diesel exports from India to the UK. “The UK’s oil embargo goes into effect on December 5th – but a loophole in the refining process means oil originating from Russia can still reach the UK,” said Louis Wilson, head of oil production. on Russian fossil fuels for Global Witness explained. “Nearly a year after the invasion of Ukraine, Russian oil is still flowing to Europe which is a failure in policy making and prolongs the war in Ukraine.”
He told TOI there was nothing illegal about it and that “the hole is very deep in the text of the UK embargo.” He said: “Even though the UK has a ban on importing crude oil from Russia, if India is refining the oil to make Indian diesel then it is no longer considered Russian oil so importing is legal even if every molecule comes from Russia.”
A spokesperson for the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy said: “In light of Putin’s illegal invasion of Ukraine and the weaponization of energy, the Government has ceased all natural gas imports. Russian fossil fuels, including the ban on oil and petroleum products, importers must be able to provide proof that the goods are not of Russian origin.”
However, Russian oil and oil products that have been refined in a third country, will be considered non-Russian if such products have been substantially processed, TOI understands.
A Shell spokesperson said: “Shell has taken the decision to withdraw from all Russian hydrocarbons with great confidence. We are doing this, following the guidance of European governments, including European governments. United Kingdom, and in full compliance with applicable sanctions, laws and regulations. Under ongoing guidance from such governments and through our rigorous internal controls, Including strict Russian-origin product-free contract terms with our suppliers, we are looking to avoid fuels that may contain products refined in Russia.”

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