White House says US considering slashing Russian oil imports

White House says US considering slashing Russian oil imports

The comments came as oil prices rose last week (Photo: Gary Tramontina/Getty Images)

the government of we The White House said on Friday that it is analyzing options to cut Russian oil imports and is evaluating possible action to reduce the impact on global supplies and consumers.

White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters that the White House is also in contact with US lawmakers on the matter.

“We are looking at ways to reduce Russian oil imports, as well as ensure that we keep up with global supply needs,” Saki said.

According to the Energy Information Administration (IEA), the United States imported an average of more than 20.4 million barrels of oil and refined products a month from Russia in 2021, which accounts for about 8% of US liquid fuel imports.

White House economic adviser Cecilia Rouse said the US does not import much Russian oil, but is still considering a number of possible measures.

“What is really more important is that we maintain a steady supply of global energy,” she said, adding that the government was “considering a number of options that we could take now if we cut Russian energy consumption”.

The comments came after oil prices rose last week after the US and its allies imposed sanctions on Russia over its invasion of Ukraine.

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