As India becomes top importer of Russian oil, US says not planning sanctions

The United States does not currently have sanctions in place against Russian energy exports to other countries, Pakistan newspaper Dawn reported citing a US State Department official.

The report comes as Russia became India’s top oil supplier in October, and Pakistan is seeking energy supplies from Russia at a discount.

“The United States does not currently have sanctions in place against Russian energy exports to other countries,” a US State Department spokesperson, who has been unnamed, told Dawn.

The spokesperson said that the decision to ban Russian energy imports has been left to the individual countries, hoping that they would take an appropriate decision based on their own circumstances.

Meanwhile, India’s import of Russian oil surged in October, making it the highest ever.

According to energy cargo tracker Vortexa, Moscow supplied 935,556 barrels per day (bpd) of crude oil to India in October.