Fact-check: Has the US increased imports of Russian oil?

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The Politicus
Apr 06, 2022 08:13 AM 0 Answers
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There have been reports that the US has increased imports of Russian oil over the past week:

This goes contrary to the US's stated intention of phasing out Russian oil imports and stories like that of the Russian tanker turned back. However, the sources cited above are not what I would call mainstream and they reference statements made by Russian officials. Thus, the question arises of whether these reports are true or not. I see three possibilities:

  1. The reports of the US increasing import of Russian oil are large-scale disinformation

  2. The US has increased Russian oil imports as a way to finish its existing contracts with Russian oil producers before the deadline imposed by the sanctions.

  3. The US is playing Realpolitik - pursuing its own interests both in terms of imposing sanctions and pushing down the fuel prices.

I am interested in confirming/disproving these reports using official government data, customs statistics, etc.

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