Oil traders increased the volume of imports of Russian diesel to the European Union before the start of the embargo. Bloomberg writes about this, citing analysts.
According to Vortexa, over the 23 days of this month, European countries purchased more than 600,000 barrels of diesel fuel from Russia. This volume was higher than the average import for the same period last year.
Some tankers were transferring about a million barrels of diesel to the EU. Fuel should arrive to the countries before February 5. On this day, the embargo on the supply of petroleum products by sea comes into force.
Earlier, Bloomberg reported that Russia had transported about 19 million barrels of Urals oil by sea since December. By the end of January, this figure may reach record levels.