Borrell urges EU to crack down on imports of Indian fuels made with Russian oil

  • The European Union should crack down on India reselling Russian oil into Europe as refined fuel, including diesel, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said in an interview with the Financial Times.
  • India has emerged in the past year as a top buyer of Russian oil following Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine. Access to cheap Russian crude has boosted output and profits at Indian refineries, enabling them to export refined products competitively to Europe and take a bigger market share.
  • Borrell told the newspaper he will raise the issue with India’s foreign minister, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, when they meet on 16 May.
  • “If diesel or gasoline is entering Europe … coming from India and being produced with Russian oil, that is certainly a circumvention of sanctions and member states have to take measures,” the EU’s chief diplomat said.
  • “That India buys Russian oil, it’s normal… But if they use that in order to be a centre where Russian oil is being refined and by-products are being sold to us…  we have to act,” Borrell said.
  • Any mechanism to stem the flow of Russian oil would need to be implemented by the national authorities, Borrell told the FT, suggesting that the EU could target buyers of Indian refined fuels which it believes are derived from Russian crude.
  • “If they sell, it is because someone is buying. And we have to look at who is buying,” he said.

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