United States Brent Oil Fund, LP ETV (ARCA:BNO), Vanguard Energy ETF (ARCA:VDE) Will Indonesia Ignore US Sanctions Threat And Buy Russian Oil? President Widodo Says If A Country Offers Better Price, ‘Of Course’

As pressure piles on the Indonesian government over surging energy costs, the country is reportedly considering to join its Asian counterparts in buying Russian oil.

What Happened: Indonesian PresidentJoko Widodosaid the nation needs to look at all of the options as it eyes joining countries like India and China in buying Russian oil, reported theFinancial Times.

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We always monitor all of theoptions. If there is the country [and] they give a better price, of course, Widodo told the Financial Times in an interview. There is a duty for [the] government to find various sources to meet the energy needs of their people. We want to find a solution.”

Why It Matters: Indonesia has not imported major amounts of oil from Russia for years, but Widodos government is under pressure to control rising costs after being forced to hike some fuel prices by up to 30% this month, the report said.

Russia has offered to sell oil to Indonesia at a price that is 30% lower than the international market rate, the report said, citing the countrys tourism minister.

Consequences:If Indonesia attempts to buy Russian oil above the price cap set by G7 countries, the nation will be vulnerable to potential U.S. sanctions at a time it is hosting the G20 summit in Bali in November, the report said. Russian PresidentVladimir Putinand Ukraines PresidentVolodymyr Zelenskyyhave been invited to the meeting by Widodo, the report said.

Price Action: West Texas Intermediate futures were down 0.22% and were trading at $87.591/barrel. TheUnited States Brent Oil FundBNO closed 1.68% higher, while theVanguardEnergy Index Fund ETFVDE traded 1.73% higher.

Source: Benzinga



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