U.S. Treasury looks for three-phased Russian fuel cost cap By Reuters

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By Julia Payne

GENEVA (Reuters) – New sanctions by G7 nations on Russia will target its oil and items in 3 stages, senior U.S. treasury authorities Ben Harris informed the Argus European Crude Conference in Geneva on Tuesday.

Harris, the Treasury’s assistant secretary for financial policy, stated G7 sanctions will target Russian , while later ones will concentrate on diesel and lastly on lower worth items such as naphtha.

The Group of Seven is looking for methods to restrict Russian benefit from exporting oil following its intrusion of Ukraine.

Many nations have actually prohibited imports of Russian crude and fuel, however Moscow has mostly kept incomes through increased crude sales to Asia, especially China and India.

The cost at which Russian oil sales will be topped has actually not been chosen, Harris stated, including it will be high adequate to supply a reward to keep output and above the minimal production expense for Russia’s most pricey oil well.

Sanctions from both the G7 and the European Union are set to start on Dec. 5.

The EU will prohibit seaborne deliveries of Russian oil from Dec. 5 and of items from Feb. 5, cutting the trade off from monetary services and possibly stopping it worldwide.

The proposed brand-new EU sanctions intend to match the oil cost cap concurred by the G7 powers, 3 EU diplomats stated.

Harris stated the G7 sanctions ought to be seen by the market as method to continue trading, which the objective was to guarantee Russian oil continued to stream.

“The price cap can be considered a release valve on the (EU) sanctions package,” he stated. “It transforms the ban from an absolute ban to a conditional ban.”


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