An Indian official expresses US concern about Russian gasoline

The United States has raised concerns to India that it is being used to export fuel manufactured from Russian petroleum to New York via high-seas transfers in violation of US sanctions, a senior Indian central banker said Saturday.

According to Reserve Bank of India Deputy Governor Michael Patra, the US Treasury Department informed India that an Indian ship picked up oil from a Russian tanker on the high seas and transported it to a port in Gujarat on the west coast, processed, and carried on.

The United States prohibits importing energy goods from Russia, such as crude oil, refined fuels, distillates, coal, and gas, in response to Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine in February. “The perfected production was reloaded into the ship, which then set sail without a destination. At an event commemorating the 75th anniversary of India’s independence, Patra stated, “It received its destination in mid-ocean, so it stayed on track and traveled to New York.”

The US embassy in New Delhi stated that it had no comment.

Patra’s remarks are India’s first formal public mention of US concerns of this nature. Delhi has not joined the sanctions on Russia nor condemned what Moscow calls a “special military operation” in its neighboring country.

According to the deputy governor, the Russian crude was refined and transformed into a distillate used to produce single-use plastic. He did not identify the ship or refiner from India.

“So this is how war works. In the past, he claimed that India, one of the world’s largest oil importers and consumers, rarely purchased Russian oil. Since the start of the war, however, Indian refiners have been picking up inexpensive Russian oil, which many Western nations and corporations have boycotted.