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Russian Oil Import Price Cap to be “Urgently” Implemented by the G7

Russian Oil Import Price Cap to be “Urgently” Implemented by the G7

Germany: In an effort to slash a significant source of financing for Moscow’s conflict in Ukraine, the G7 industrialized nations promised Friday to “pressingly” move toward placing a price restriction on Russian oil imports.

The G7 claimed to be working toward a “wide coalition” of backing for the proposal. At the same time, authorities in France cautioned caution, stating that only when all 27 countries of the European Union had granted their consent could a “final” decision be made. Households have primarily borne the cost of growing energy costs on the continent, and governments are under pressure to reduce the agony of the high inflation.

G7 to 'urgently' impose Russian oil price cap - World News

In a media briefing after the decision was made, German Minister Of finance Christian Lindner said, “Russia is economically benefiting from the instability on the electricity market caused by the conflict and is making great wealth from the export of oil, and we want to counteract that firmly.”

He stated that the purpose of the oil export minimum price was to “contain the increase in global fuel prices” and “halt a vital source of funding for the conflict of aggression.”

Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin’s spokesman, issued a strong warning before Friday’s vote. According to him, implementing a minimum price “would result in a severe destabilization of the oil markets.”

Russia-Ukraine war: G7 nations agree price cap for Russian oil despite  Kremlin threats – live

According to Russian news outlets, Russia’s Deputy Minister Alexander Novak cautioned on Thursday that Moscow would “just not provide petroleum and energy products to firms or jurisdictions that impose limitations.”

“Interfering with the market processes of such a significant industry… can only cause the oil market and ambition to become unstable. And the first to suffer for this will be the customers in Europe and America, “added he.

Effective tool

The G7 leaders decided to work toward putting the cap on crude sales into effect at their summit in June. Without mentioning the cap amount, the G7 finance ministers stressed in their statement that they would “pressingly work on the completion and execution” of the time-consuming policy change.

According to US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, the price cap is “one of the most effective instruments we have to fight deflation and safeguard workers and companies in the United States.”

Russia-Ukraine War: G7 To "Urgently" Implement Price Cap On Russian Oil  Imports

According to the French finance minister, the price cap’s technical implementation is still “in progress.”

It stated that “it is obvious that no definitive decision can be made until we have conferred with and received unanimity from across all 27 member states of the European Union.” French Minister Of finance Bruno Le Maire continued, “We welcome all steps that restrict the revenue that Russia receives from selling oil.”

According to EU Commissioner Paolo Gentiloni, the group hopes to reach an agreement on crude oil by December 5 and petroleum products by February 5.

“Wide coalition”

The G7 expressed a want in expanding the policy beyond the bloc, stating that it was looking to build a “wide coalition” in favour of the oil price ceiling to “maximize” its impact.

G7 to implement Russian oil price cap 'urgently' | Daily Telegraph

To commit to importing Russian oil and petroleum goods solely at prices or below the price cap, the ministers urged “any nations that still desire to buy Russian petroleum and oil products.” At the G20 conference in Bali on November 16, leaders are anticipated to focus heavily on the attempt to convince as many nations as possible to accept the cap.

The G7 ministers stated that the initial cap would’ve been set “at a level determined by a variety of technical inputs” and that its efficacy would be “closely monitored.” Analysts cautioned, however, that the limit might still cause prices to increase.

According to Liam Perch, a Capital Economics analyst, the cap “possibly disrupts Russian energy supplies,” which would increase risks for the oil market. “This could increase the price of electricity globally even more.”

He speculated that a limit somewhere below $80 (80 euros) a barrel could “drive Russia’s economy into a deficit” and added, “The cap may also be successful at cutting the Russian govt’s tax collections.”

The G7 decided on a ceiling on the price of Russian oil

The purpose of the price cap is to allow market participants from third countries to purchase and ship Russian crude without being hindered by US, EU, or UK sanctions, provided that they accept only to pay a predetermined price that is far less than the market value. The objective is to ensure that the Russian oil supply is maintained at a lower cost to decrease Moscow’s export revenues.

This would be the earliest, and for it to be successful, it would need the support of major consumers of Russian oil, like India and China, who have both increased their purchases since the G7 and the EU announced plans to restrict their oil supplies from Russia, either entirely or partially.

Despite a significant decline in Russian oil production in April, it has recovered, and deputy minister Alexander Novak predicts that this trend will continue in July, returning to levels similar to those seen prior to Moscow’s war on Ukraine. Russian crude shipments have recently been stable at above 5 million barrels per day.

G7 Says It Will Move Forward On Price Cap On Russian Oil Imports

Following the approval of the latest recent round of sanctions by the EU, which imposed a gradual phase-out of most oil and product imports from Russia, the price limit concept was first floated in the United States and the UK. Given the dominance of European companies in this market sector, the package includes a complete ban on the provision of reinsurance and other services that help commerce and the transportation of oil.

This has repercussions for third countries. To carry out the G7 plan, it would be necessary to carve out exceptions from US, UK, and EU sanctions that would allow third-country market players to purchase and transit Russian crude in exchange for their agreement only to pay a set price that is set significantly below market value.

Germany warns possible price caps for Russian oil far from imminent -  sources | Reuters

It may be challenging to overcome the practical difficulties presented by the plan. It is far from certain that Russia will agree to constraints placed on its principal source of income by other parties.

The regulated price level should, in principle, offer sufficient inducements for Russian vendors and foreign purchasers to collaborate. Since the energy crises of the 1970s, wealthy countries in the west have not set oil price restrictions.

Edited by Prakriti Arora



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