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OFAC gives fair warning on Russian oil price cap

Updates Related to Price Cap on Russian Oil

Release date

09/02/2022

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On September 2, 2022, G7 Finance Ministers issued a statement confirming their joint intention to implement a price cap with respect to Russian-origin crude oil and petroleum products.  As described in the G7 statement, the G7 countries, along with other allies and partners, plan to prohibit the provision of services that enable maritime transportation of such oil and products unless purchased at or below a price level determined by the coalition of countries adhering to and implementing the price cap.  

Today, Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen also issued a separate statement on the price cap policy. In addition, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) anticipates publishing preliminary guidance on the implementation of the price cap in September. The preliminary guidance will provide a high-level overview of this mechanism, including how U.S. persons can comply, in advance of formal guidance and legal implementation to be issued at a later date.

The G7 Statement:

And from the Secretary of the Treasury:

PRESS RELEASES

Statement by Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen on the G7 Price Cap Announcement

September 2, 2022

WASHINGTON – Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen released the following statement on the G7 Finance Ministers’ agreement to finalize and implement a cap on the price of Russian oil.

“Today, the G7 took a critical step forward in achieving our dual goals of putting downward pressure on global energy prices while denying Putin revenue to fund his brutal war in Ukraine. By committing to finalize and implement a price cap, the G7 will significantly reduce Russia’s main source of funding for its illegal war, while maintaining supplies to global energy markets by keeping Russian oil flowing at lower prices. While we’ve seen energy prices ease in the United States, energy costs remain a concern for Americans and continue to be elevated globally. This price cap is one of the most powerful tools we have to fight inflation and protect workers and businesses in the United States and globally from future price spikes caused by global disruptions.

Today’s action will help deliver a major blow for Russian finances and will both hinder Russia’s ability to fight its unprovoked war in Ukraine and hasten the deterioration of the Russian economy. We have already begun to see the impact of the price cap through Russia’s hurried attempts to negotiate bilateral oil trades at massive discounts.

I look forward to working with our G7 allies – as well as new coalition partners – as we move quickly to finalize the implementation of the price cap in the weeks to come.”

Links:

OFAC Notice

G7 Statement

Treasury Statement

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