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India’s oil imports from US to rise amid criticism for Russian purchases: Report

By Priyanka Verma 
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New Delhi: India’s oil imports from the United States will rise by 11% this year, officials said on Saturday, March 19, as the severely energy-deficient country looks to secure supplies from producers around the world, including heavily sanctioned Russia.

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New Delhi faces criticism from the West for its long-standing political and security ties with Moscow, with some saying that engaging in business with Russia will help fund its war. India has urged an end to the violence in Ukraine but abstained from voting against Russia.

The surge in oil prices following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine last month threatens to fan Indian inflation, stretch public finances and hurt growth just when it was emerging from a pandemic-induced slowdown.

Prime Minister of Japan Fumio Kishida, meeting his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi during a visit on Saturday, said he would encourage a unified approach to Ukraine.

India buys most of its oil from the Middle East, but the United States has emerged as the fourth-biggest source, and this year supplies will rise substantially, a government official briefed on the matter told Reuters.

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Iraq supplies 23 per cent of India’s oil, Saudi Arabia at 18 per cent and the United Arab Emirates at 11 per cent. The U.S. share of the Indian market will rise to 8 per cent this year, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity in line with government policy.

Russia has been a marginal player in the Indian market, but since its Feb. 24 invasion has been offering discounted oil to soften the blow of sweeping sanctions imposed by the United States and other countries.

India buys most of its oil from the Middle East, but the United States has emerged as the fourth-biggest source and this year supplies will rise substantially, a government official briefed on the matter told media.

Iraq supplies 23% of India’s oil, followed by Saudi Arabia at 18% and the United Arab Emirates at 11%. The US share of the Indian market will rise to 8% this year, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity in line with government policy.

Russia has been a marginal player in the Indian market, but since its Feb. 24 invasion has been offering discounted oil to soften the blow of sweeping sanctions imposed by the United States and other countries.

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Indian Oil Corp., the country’s top refiner, recently ordered 3 million barrels of Russian oil through a tender, while Hindustan Petroleum Corp has booked 2 million barrels for May loading.

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