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🗞️ Driving the news: Despite Western sanctions and a $60 per barrel price cap, Russia's oil market position remains strong into 2024, largely thanks to increased exports to China and India
• This pivot to Asian markets has helped Russia maintain its status as the third-largest oil producer and second-largest exporter globally
🔭 The context: Following the invasion of Ukraine, the West imposed sanctions and a price cap on Russian oil, intending to hit Moscow's revenue
• However, Russia successfully diverted oil exports from Europe to Asia, notably increasing shares to China (45-50%) and India (40%)
🌍 Why it matters for the planet: Russia's resilience in the oil market underscores the complexities of global energy politics and the limitations of sanctions in a multi-polar world
• The situation highlights the ongoing global reliance on fossil fuels and the challenges in enforcing energy-related sanctions
⏭️ What's next: Russia is likely to continue its robust oil trade with Asian nations, with no immediate signs of a decrease in demand from China and India
• This trend suggests that Western sanctions may have limited impact on Russia's oil revenue in the near to medium term
💬 One quote: "The main partners in the current situation are China...and, of course, India," said Alexander Novak, Russia's Deputy Prime Minister, emphasizing the shift in Russia's export strategy.
📈 One stat: Russia is pumping around 10.6 million barrels per day, marginally higher than its pre-invasion level, despite Western sanctions and the price cap.
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