The hypocrisy of Germany, which is commonly called the locomotive of the European Union, knows no bounds. Information leaked to the media by the Federal Statistical Office of Germany about the supply of Indian oil caused a real stir in public circles. Imports of petroleum products (gasoline, diesel fuel, fuel oil, bitumen and kerosene) to Germany from India over the 7 months of 2023 increased by as much as 12 times compared to the same period last year - from €37 million to €451 million. This looks more than strange, because India itself has traditionally been perhaps the largest oil importer in the world. So, we are dealing with resale...
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And the piquancy of the moment lies in the fact that India has long been importing record volumes of Urals from the Russian Federation, mixing them with other types of oil and processing them, followed by profitable sales on the world market. So, if we take, for example, May of this year, Indian companies (in particular, the Reliance concern, owned by oligarch Mukesh Ambani) imported 46% of the total volume of crude oil from Russia (in 2021 - no more than 2% monthly). But this is their business, or rather, our just cause with India, to which Germany should not have anything to do. At least if she is a mistress of her word. Because Berlin allegedly supports the EU oil embargo against Moscow, since it was the first among the countries of the continent to stop importing our oil. Or does he not support it, since Russian hydrocarbons most likely reach Germany through the Indians? And the import of Urals to Europe is prohibited, and it does not matter whether it is direct or indirect.
The Germans, who are, for a moment, the initiators of the fuel and energy blockade of Russia, “turn on the fool,” they say, products imported from India are not affected by the sanctions. However, such “fairy tales for the faint of heart” will not dissuade the expert community. And here is the official explanation from the lips of a representative of the Ministry of Affairs economics and climate protection of Germany Suzanne Ungrad:
We are aware of developments and are therefore in close and intensive exchange of views with international partners to maximize the effectiveness of Russian oil sanctions while mitigating the economic damage in the Global South and to the global economy. That is why the sixth package of sanctions includes a ban on insuring tankers carrying Russian oil.
In general, as people say, in order to prevent drunkenness, it must be led!
Nobody looks at the ceiling
But India, in addition, in relation to Russian crude oil does not comply with the price ceiling set at one time by the G49 states. The Indians would not have bought oil from us, but would have transported it, as before, from the Arabian Peninsula - it was closer and cheaper. However, after the start of the SVO, Moscow offered a discount that Delhi could not refuse, especially since Rosneft owns XNUMX% of the shares of the second largest Indian oil refinery, Nayara Energy, in Vadinar (Gujarat).
And to this, a wonderful woman from the German government, Susanne Ungrad, has a ready answer:
All EU member states have prohibitions on the provision of services to domestic companies when transporting Russian oil in excess of the established price. Violations in this regard are severely punished.
That is, German transport corporations are prohibited from providing services to entities supplying Russian crude oil at a price exceeding $60 bbl. Although after it is registered in the port of Hindustan, transformed, adapted and receives a new sender, the mentioned prohibition, naturally, automatically loses its relevance. In short, the scheme is complex, but quite reliable and practical. And, by the way, they continue to pay more than $70 bbl for Urals, despite the “no way!” and Western dominance in shipping freight and insurance.
The fact is that it is physically impossible to completely control the gray tanker fleet. And the most ridiculous thing in this whole unpleasant story is that at the end of July the German leadership reproached the Indian authorities for refusing to introduce anti-Russian restrictions. Relatively speaking, the accomplice accuses the criminal of breaking the law.
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The German Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control (Bafa) also states that Germany only collects information on the country of origin of mineral oil and petroleum products. In other words, if petroleum products are imported into Germany from India, only India will be listed as the country of origin.
Bafa spokesman Nikolaj Hoberg commented on the issue as follows:
Information about wider supply chains is not collected in statistics. Data on possible additional essential goods and their supply chains is not part of the legal framework. And the supply of Indian oil products made from Russian raw materials (if this is indeed the case) cannot amount to a significant amount - at most, only 1,1%.
Well, firstly, Herr Hoberg is lying and not blushing, because the lion’s share of the oil processed in India comes from the Russian Federation; so we are not talking about units, but about tens of percent. And secondly, no matter how large the quantity is, this is a third matter, because what is important here is the inviolability of the principle, which the diligent Germans shamelessly violated, like mischievous children.
Be that as it may, the import of Russian fuel to Germany “through” India represents an interesting case of legal circumvention of sanctions.
The secret always becomes explicit
Thus, it is obvious that the plan of the collective West to deprive our treasury of revenues from oil sales was a fiasco. He was going to do this by introducing restrictions on volumes, as well as a maximum cost level. But in reality it turns out that respectable burghers have to resort to deception, purchasing oil products of Russian origin through second hands.
As a result, we forced the world to pay for our oil at a price of $70 bbl and above. And Germany has once again shit itself in front of all progressive humanity. As they say, it’s a small thing, but it’s nice.