“What we have discussed during the recent interaction with the Russian side is the possibility of importing oil on deferred payment,” the official said, adding that Russia has shown interest in consideration of the proposal, reported The Express Tribune.
Former Prime Minister Imran Khan has repeatedly accused the US of being behind his ouster in April. Imran said he was punished for pursuing an ‘independent foreign policy’, particularly for his efforts to deepen ties with Russia. The US has always denied meddling in the internal affairs of Pakistan.
According to The Express Tribune, the transcript released by the Russian side after the meeting between Shehbaz and Putin did not drop any hint that Moscow was not willing to work with the new government often labelled as the US “puppet” by Imran and his supporters.
While the United States has set out with allies to punish Russian President Vladimir Putin for the war on Ukraine by sanctioning a raft of Russian companies and oligarchs and adding others to a trade blacklist, Pakistan is mulling importing Russian oil.
Pakistan’s monthly fuel oil imports are set to hit a four-year high in June. The country’s fuel oil imports could climb to about 700,000 tonnes this month, after hitting 630,000 tonnes in May, according to Refinitiv estimates. Imports last peaked at 680,000 tonnes in May 2018 and 741,000 tonnes in June 2017.
Meanwhile, in June, the US blacklisted 36 companies, including those from China and Pakistan, for supporting Russia in the Ukraine conflict.
US President Joe Biden’s administration has added five companies in China to a trade blacklist for supporting Russia’s military and defence industrial base.
The agency also added another 31 entities to the blacklist from countries that include Russia, UAE, Lithuania, Pakistan, Singapore, the United Kingdom, Uzbekistan and Vietnam, according to the Federal Register entry. Of the 36 total companies added, 25 had China-based operations, reported Al Jazeera.