LONDON, December 2. /TASS/. The UK, the EU and the US have sent letters to the Marshall Islands, Liberia and Panama asking them to step up monitoring of their ships that may be involved in transporting Russian oil to evade Western sanctions, Reuters reported, citing a source.
According to the news agency, the letters contain warnings of an increase in the number of cases of circumvention of the restriction on the price of Russian oil and a demand for the three countries to tighten control over maritime transport.
So far, the embassies of the three countries in the United States, the US itself, the UK and the EU have not commented on the information.
The EU embargo on Russian oil shipments by sea came into force on December 5, 2022. The G7 countries, the EU, and Australia imposed a price cap of $60 per barrel on Russian oil shipped by sea for their subordinate vessels and territories. On February 5, 2023, similar restrictions on shipments of oil products from Russia came into effect.
Russian President Vladimir Putin emphasized on October 12, 2022 that Moscow will not pay for the welfare of others at its own expense and will supply energy resources to countries that limit their costs. He called the introduction of a cap on fuel prices from Russia a fraudulent ploy and unprecedented blackmail. In addition, Putin warned that the introduction of a price cap on oil could entail the risk of imposing the same cap in other sectors, destroying the global market economy and jeopardizing the well-being of billions of people.