India did not let Russian-owned refinery buy Iranian oil – Iran minister


India did not let Russian-owned refinery buy Iranian oil – Iran minister

Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh said on Wednesday that, because of U.S. sanctions, India had refused to allow a Russian-owned Indian refinery to use Iranian crude oil that India had obtained under waivers.

Zanganeh was responding to a question in an interview on Iranian state television about why Iran had not bought refineries overseas. He said large investments were needed, and the refineries would be under the jurisdiction of the host country.

“Even if you own a refinery, …it is under the sovereignty of the country where it is located…. For example, a Russian company has bought the Essar refinery in India. But it is not allowed to take oil from Iran,” Zanganeh said.

“The Indian government had obtained a waiver (to import Iranian oil) but it uses it for its state refinery. It did not allow them (Russians) to take oil,” Zanganeh said. Read More

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