RBI Deputy Governor T Rabi Sankar mentioned because the Ukraine warfare has disrupted commerce and funds, we’re discussing with all stakeholders, and on the similar time, we’re delicate to the financial sanctions. If and when one thing is determined, we’ll announce it.
He additionally clarified that there isn’t any new fee platform obtainable between New Delhi and Moscow because the warfare erupted in late February.
Any such fee mechanism involving rupee and rouble funds for imports and exports would assist circumvent the sweeping financial sanctions imposed on Russia by the western nations, together with freezing many key Kremlin officers’ particular person accounts and snapping Russian banks from the worldwide fee gateway SWIFT.
Additionally, final month, after Russia, which used to produce 14 per cent of world crude demand and 17 per cent of world pure fuel earlier than it invaded Ukraine in late February, supplied as much as 25-27 per cent low cost on the pre-invasion worth of USD 93 a barrel, Indian Oil had contracted 3 million barrels from Rosneft whereas BPCL and HPCL have booked 2 million barrels every from the Russian state-owned oil big.
Sankar additional clarified that the central financial institution isn’t conscious of any formal or casual rupee-rouble fee mechanism, saying business teams, banks, and everybody involved are looking for out how finest funds will be facilitated underneath these modified circumstances. We’re discussing all choices.
“However, we additionally must be delicate to the sanctions. We’re discussing all these options. As soon as one thing is finalised you’ll get to find out about it,” Sankar mentioned, including there isn’t any platform that I’m conscious of. “There are press experiences, however there may be nothing that I’m conscious of. However let me reiterate that something that we do shall be delicate to the sanctions.”
The governor chipped in saying “as and when a mechanism is labored out we’ll announce it. In the intervening time, mainly, importers and exporters have a problem, and so they have represented to authorities and to us. We’re in discussions, however we’re additionally delicate to the sanctions, and your complete difficulty is underneath examination. No determination has been taken but”.