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Trafigura Sells Russian Fuel to Ecuador as EU Ban Approaches

Deal shows how Russian fuel circulates despite calls for a boycott

Employees walk through the Vadinar Refinery complex jointly owned by Rosneft Oil Co. and Trafigura Group Pte., near Vadinar, India.

Employees walk through the Vadinar Refinery complex jointly owned by Rosneft Oil Co. and Trafigura Group Pte., near Vadinar, India.

Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Trafigura Group is helping Russian diesel make its way to Latin America as a ban to sell such barrels in Europe looms. 

The commodities trader chartered the vessel Marlin Aventurine to deliver 262,000 barrels of diesel to Ecuador’s state oil company Petroecuador, according to people with knowledge of the situation.