Russia Refuses to Sell Cheap Oil to Pakistan

Pakistan is currently seeking a 30-40 percent discount on crude oil from Russia, with the latter reportedly unwilling to offer its crude inventory at such cheap rates.

Moscow has refused to give Pakistan a 30-40 percent discount on crude oil, citing reasons that volumes had already been booked to oversee a backlog of receipts from other buyers in the market, reported a national daily.

A delegation comprising Dr. Musadik Malik, Minister of State (Petroleum Division), Capt (R) Muhammad Mahmood, Additional Secretary In-charge (Petroleum Division), and other senior government officials arrived in Moscow this week to get a deal done on the import of discounted fuel.

So far, the talks haven’t yielded much clarity for both parties, but the Russian side offered assurances to the Pakistan side and will share its responses later via diplomatic channels. It bears mentioning that Russian oil is cheaper than global oil prices and can be sorted in Pakistani refineries, and one private refinery already has previously used Russian crude oil to produce finished products.

The Russian side also requested Pakistan to first honor its commitment to the Pakistan Stream Gas Pipeline (PSGP) project. The project model under the GTG arrangement has already been finalized, with only a few clauses of the shareholding agreement pending completion.

While Pakistan talks to Russia for a “crude bailout”, it is no secret that the South Asian nation currently has no long-term plans for curbing fuel shortages, and spare supply in the market is rapidly dwindling due to increased demand from other countries.

Keeping that in mind, any deal in place will help the South Asian nation save billions of dollars if energy projects with Russia are implemented while purchasing petroleum products from Moscow would relieve pressure on the country’s forex reserves.

  • 10 months late to the party. now they have other bigger customers like China and India. Because of the ruling idiots we always lose the opportunities.

  • This imported government is sending all Pakistanis to stone age. They only know how to steal money and put in their London flats or Swiss accounts.

  • No doubt the current govt is corrupt and known for stupid decisions. But more stupidity shown by those who still think Imran even tried to buy oil from Russia or they will give it to him. They have more reserves to entertain other countries not just china and india.

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