May 27, 2023

The head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, should first study the EU documents, and then try to threaten India with sanctions because it sells oil products from Russia. This was announced on Wednesday, May 17, by Indian Foreign Minister Subramanyam Jaishankar.

The day before, Borrell warned that if “diesel or gasoline that enters Europe from India is made from Russian oil,” then this is considered an attempt to circumvent the EU sanctions. In this regard, it is necessary to take measures writes ANI agency.

“Look at the rules of the EU Council: Russian oil is being significantly transformed in a third country and is no longer treated as Russian. I would urge you to look at the decision of the Council [ЕС] 833/2014,” Jaishankar advised Borrell.

Documentin question is the regulation on anti-Russian sanctions, in which the EU specified that petroleum products produced from Russian oil in third countries can be imported into the union.

At the same time, Borrell himself called it normal that New Delhi buys oil from the Russian Federation, since this is within the framework of sanctions, especially considering that now raw materials can be purchased much cheaper. But if India is trying to become “a center for refining Russian oil and selling EU oil products,” then action must be taken, the diplomat stressed.

After the introduction of the EU embargo on sea supplies of oil and oil products from the Russian Federation, Moscow reoriented its supplies to the East. India has become one of the largest buyers. According to Bloomberg, Russia overtook even Saudi Arabia and Iraq, which were the leading suppliers. In April, analyst firm Kpler predicted that India could become the biggest supplier of petroleum products to Europe.

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