21 Dec 2023 16:42

Russian oil exports have risen 7% vs 2021 to 250 mln tonnes - first deputy PM

MOSCOW. Dec 21 (Interfax) - Russian oil exports have exceeded the figure for 2021 to total around 250 million tonnes, First Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Belousov said in a statement.

"The most pressing problems last year have generally been resolved. This firstly concerns payments and cargo insurance, [and] secondly concerns ensuring seaborne shipping of hydrocarbons by tanker fleet. Consequently, exports of crude oil have exceeded the figure for 2021 by 7% to total about 250 million tonnes. Russian energy exports in monetary terms have practically reached the levels of 2021 to remain at a level that is comfortable for the budget and companies," Belousov said at a meeting of the Council for Strategic Development and National Projects.

Belousov said that supplies of energy goods, namely liquefied natural gas, pipeline oil and gas, petroleum products, and coal, are currently being maintained to some unfriendly countries.

"However, in general, the volume of supplies to unfriendly countries has decreased 71.4% versus 2021, including 77.7% to the European Union," Belousov said.