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US Senators Call for Sanctions on Russian Oil Sales to China

  • Bill draft seeks penalties on shipping, insuring Russia energy
  • Proposal would cut Russian oil sales amid tight crude market
Senator Marco Rubio

Senator Marco Rubio

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Senator Marco Rubio wants the US to sanction China’s purchases of oil and other energy supplies from Russia in an effort to cut off funding for that country’s war against Ukraine.

China’s imports of Russian crude have surged this year as the world’s biggest energy consumer picked up discounted barrels that European buyers had shunned. Cutting off the flow of Russian crude to China could leave Beijing competing more fiercely with other large buyers, like India, for oil from the Middle East and Africa, potentially raising prices.