Oil & Gas

US Expects Russian Oil Price Cap in Place This Year


Russian oil will face a capping of its price by the end of 2022, a senior US official said on Wednesday.

The US confidence in a price cap follows positive reaction by China and India to the plan, which would limit Moscow’s revenues over its aggression in Ukraine yet keep key customers for Russian oil.

“We are following on what the Europeans have done,” Deputy Treasury Secretary Wally Adeyemo told the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado.

“They introduced the idea of looking to do a price cap but they also said by December, they plan to put in place their insurance ban.”

He said the objective was to drive down global energy prices and also allow Russian oil to flow into the marketplace.

Russian oil will not be exported to the world market if the price is capped below the cost of production, Interfax news agency quoted Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak as telling Russian television.


  • Reuters, with additional editing by George Russell





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George Russell

George Russell is a freelance writer and editor based in Hong Kong who has lived in Asia since 1996. His work has been published in the Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, New York Post, Variety, Forbes and the South China Morning Post.

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