Borrell criticizes European companies that buy Russian oil through India


The High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy of the European Union, Josep Borrell, criticized on Friday, the increase in refined oil products coming from India, which is likely dependent on cheap Russian oil and traded with the European Union.

“The facts are clear, exports of refined products such as jet fuel or diesel from India to the European Union rose from 1.1 million barrels in January to 7.4 million barrels in April 2023,” he said.

“Logically, we are worried about this,” Borrell wrote in an article, criticizing the circumvention of EU sanctions against Russia as undermining their effectiveness.

Borrell criticized the increase in Indian imports of Russian oil as an area of ​​concern.

He said, “The numbers are clear, Indian oil imports from Russia increased from 1.7 million barrels per month in January 2022 to 63.3 million barrels per month in April 2023”.

However, the senior European diplomat stressed that Indian companies are not subject to European law and that the Indian government cannot be blamed.

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