When the European Union has been vocal in pushing for a reduction of oil and gas imports from Russia in relation to the ongoing Ukraine conflict, the US is taking an opposite direction which analysts said is at the expense of EU members.
In a contrasting move to its pressuring of European allies to not buy Russian oil, the US increased crude oil supplies from Russia by 43 percent, or 100,000 barrels per day, over the past week, Russian Security Council deputy secretary Mikhail Popov told Russian media on 3 March, with critics pointing out that the US pursues its own interests at the costs of its European allies, Global Times reported.
According to the Russian official, Europe should expect similar “surprises” from the US. “Moreover, Washington allowed its companies to export mineral fertilizers from Russia, recognizing them as essential goods,” Popov was quoted as saying.
The US and European allies have been exploring banning imports of Russian oil since Russia-Ukraine conflict started, despite the fact that Europe relies on Russia for crude oil and natural gas.