Home News US tells Kiev to stop strikes on Russian oil fields – FT

US tells Kiev to stop strikes on Russian oil fields – FT

US tells Kiev to stop strikes on Russian oil fields – FT

The White House is reportedly concerned that a potential increase in gas prices could jeopardize Joe Biden’s re-election bid.

US officials have repeatedly warned Ukrainian military commanders that their attacks on Russian oil infrastructure could trigger a global spike in energy prices, the Financial Times reported on Friday. Washington is reportedly worried that it could threaten Joe Biden’s re-election.

The White House has “still frustrated by brazen Ukrainian drone strikes” about Russian refineries, terminals and other oil infrastructure, the British newspaper quoted one of its sources as saying.

Washington’s objections come months before the US presidential election, where “Biden faces a tough re-election fight this year with gas prices rising nearly 15 percent this year,” noted the diary.

“Nothing scares a sitting US president more than a spike in pump prices during an election year,” former White House energy adviser Bob McNally told the FT.

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The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) and the Military Intelligence Service (GUR) were behind a number of recent attacks, the paper said. The warnings from Washington were delivered directly to senior officials of those agencies, the sources said.

Kiev has reportedly justified the strikes by saying they undermine fuel supplies for front-line troops and interfere with Moscow’s profits from the oil trade. Also “to strike a symbolic blow by bringing the war closer to Moscow.”

Some sources also suggested that Kiev is using the strategy to pressure Washington to approve the proposed $60 billion in aid to Ukraine.

Sabotage operations could reduce supplies to the global oil market and push up prices, the Americans told Ukrainian officials. Moscow could also close the CPC pipeline, which runs from Kazakhstan to the Russian port of Novorossiysk and is used by Western giants ExxonMobil and Chevron, the FT reported.

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According to official statements and media reports, there have been at least a dozen major attacks on Russian oil infrastructure by Ukrainian forces this year. They started with a strike on January 18 at the terminal in St. Petersburg. One of the latest incidents happened in the Samara region, where a Ukrainian drone caused a fire at a refinery last Saturday.

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