Russian energy minister Nikolai Shulginov claimed on Tuesday that all oil exports affected by Western sanctions have been rerouted to “friendly” countries.

Shulginov said in an energy forum that “we have managed to completely redirect the entire volume of exports affected by the embargo. There was no decrease in sales”.  

A number of sanctions were imposed on Russia, including an embargo on sea-borne Russian oil imports, following the invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.

Alexander Dyukov, CEO of Russian oil major Gazprom Neft, predicts that 2023 will be harder for Russian oil than 2022 as the full weight of Western sanctions are felt.

Prior to sanctions, Russian oil accounted for 90% of EU oil imports. However, the EU imposed a ban last month, almost a year on from Russia’s initial invasion of Ukraine. A price cap was also placed on Russian oil transported via sea, in line with the G7 meeting last year which came into place last month.

“Friendlier markets”

Amid the sanctions, Russia has turned to allied or neutral nations as new importers. Russian oil exports to India have increased by 2200% since the introduction of sanctions according Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak.

How well do you really know your competitors?

Access the most comprehensive Company Profiles on the market, powered by GlobalData. Save hours of research. Gain competitive edge.

Company Profile – free sample

Thank you!

Your download email will arrive shortly

Not ready to buy yet? Download a free sample

We are confident about the unique quality of our Company Profiles. However, we want you to make the most beneficial decision for your business, so we offer a free sample that you can download by submitting the below form

By GlobalData

India is the primary importer of Ural Mountain seaborne oil accounting for 50% of exports, with China, another key importer, coming second.

Russia is a key ally of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) which includes Iran, Iraq, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates among others.

Novak told the energy forum that energy revenues accounted for 42% of Russia’s federal budget in 2022, up from 36% the year before. He insisted that the industry was stable despite Western sanctions, stating that: “most of our energy resources have been redirected to other, friendlier markets”.

Despite his assurances, Russia cut crude oil production by 500,000 barrels per day this month, reducing daily output by 5%.

According to the International Energy Agency Russian oil export revenue fell sharply last month to $11.6bn, down $2.7bn when compared with January.