Germany will refuse to buy Russian oil in 2023, now the country's government is negotiating with Kazakhstan on possible supplies. It is reported by Bloomberg.
Germany has rejected a Russian propaganda claim that it plans to buy Russian oil early next year. Transneft CEO Nikolai Tokarev stated on Rossiya 24 that Germany allegedly sent a request for oil supplies in the first quarter of 2023. According to Tokarev, it will be difficult for German refineries to replace Russian volumes with Kazakh oil, and called the decision political.
“Reports that Germany has ordered Russian crude oil are false. Oil companies at the Leun and Schwedt refineries will no longer be ordering Russian crude oil in the new year,” a spokeswoman for the German Economy Ministry told the agency. The PCK Raffinerie in Schwedt, Germany, close to the Polish border, had "reserved capacity for Kazakh oil" as of January, she said.
Earlier in December, the Financial Times found that Russian oil companies violated the demand of President Vladimir Putin and sold several tankers of oil, fulfilling the requirements of the "price ceiling". At the same time, the authorities assured that they would not obey the sanctions of the West. A barrel of oil in some ports is already trading at $42-45 per barrel, in general, the average export price fell below $60 in mid-December.