MADRID, Dec. 3 (.) –
The Russian government has accused the West of remodeling at its own risk, and in a “dangerous and illegitimate” way, the principles of the free market by setting a ceiling of 60 dollars (about 57 euros) on oil from Russia this Friday.
In response to US applause for the deal reached by the EU on Friday, the Russian Embassy in Washington “takes note of the arrogant US assertions.”
“Washington strategists, hiding behind lofty slogans of ensuring energy security for developing countries, maintain a wall of silence over the fact that the current imbalances in energy markets stem from their ill-conceived actions: the introduction of sanctions against Russia and prohibitions on the importation of energy from our country,” he adds in a note collected by the TASS agency.
“The Western collective,” adds the Embassy, ”is trying to solve the problems that they themselves have created so impetuously and, in fact, we are witnessing a reshaping of the basic principles of the free market.”
Russian diplomacy warns, in this sense, that “decisions like these will inevitably generate greater uncertainty and impose higher costs for consumers of raw materials” and predict that, from now on, “no country will be immune to the introduction of all kinds of ‘caps’ on their exports for political reasons,” they added.
“Regardless of the current flirtations with this dangerous and illegitimate instrument, we are confident that Russian oil will continue to be in demand,” the statement concluded.
The measure follows the agreement reached within the G7 to set a ceiling between 65 and 70 dollars for Russian crude, and is aimed at oil transported by sea and will not affect oil that reaches Europe through the pipeline, after the exception achieved by Hungary and other landlocked European partners citing their heavy dependence on Russian oil.