Russian President Vladimir Putin with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit, Samarkand, Uzbekistan, September 16, 2022
An example in real time of correcting misinformation about Russia and the Ukraine War….
I was invited onto India’s WION News on Wednesday to discuss Western countries apparently breaking their own sanctions on Moscow, buying Russia’s oil at an unlimited price despite a December price cap of $60 cap per barrel (see Wednesday’s Coverage).
Except that is not the important story. The issue is that five countries — India, Turkey, the UAE, China, and Singapore — are importing the Russian oil. They refine and then re-export it to customers in the European Union, Australia, Japan, Canada, and the US.
So why did WION News put the emphasis on the final buyers, who may be unaware of the Russian origin of the oil, and not the exporters in the five countries breaking the sanctions?
Well, it is a leading broadcaster in India….
This isn’t a loophole. This is a breaking of the sanctions. Simple as that.
Russian oil import sanctions farce?
According to a report, the West has imported $46 bn worth of oil products from third countries acting as bridge to get Russian oil.@KatiePilbeamTV talks to @ScottLucas_EA for perspective
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— WION (@WIONews) April 19, 2023