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As oil prices skyrocket due to the Russia-Ukraine war, President Joe Biden is still refusing to stop buying Russian oil.

Instead, the administration is happy to simply keep sanctioning Russian banks and oligarchs, hoping that will do the trick.

The White House is against the idea of banning Russian oil imports and warned that doing so could further increase the already high gas prices, The Hill reported.

“Our objective and the president’s objective has been to maximize impact on President Putin and Russia while minimizing impact to us and our allies and partners,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said at a briefing.

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So the U.S. will keep buying Russian oil, but sanctioning everything else, like the individual oligarchs, hoping that the sanctions will cripple Russia enough into stopping the war on Ukraine.

Oil exports are Russia’s economic lifeline, as Russia is the world’s largest oil exporter.

Fossil fuels make up about 60 percent of the country’s exports. Russia was the world’s third-largest oil producer in 2020. It produced about 11 percent of the world’s total oil, Time magazine reported.

Russia’s primary customers are Europe, which takes up about 60 percent Russian oil exports, and China, which makes up about 20 percent, the Hill reported.

The U.S., on the other hand, only accounts for about 3 percent of Russia’s oil exports, Statista reported.

So the U.S. actually does not really rely much on Russian oil. Last year, only about 8 percent of American oil imports came from Russia, the Wall Street Journal reported.

It doesn’t make sense that Biden is so hesitant to cut off oil from Russia. Sure, giving Russian oil the American boot wouldn’t cripple Russia overnight (it’s a 3 percent difference), but refusing to sanction it doesn’t make much sense, either.

Yes, if Russian oil is cut off, gas prices might rise a bit, but not to astronomical levels. Besides, they are already high due to global panic over the war. Keeping Russian oil imports is not going to magically make…


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