Amid Sanctions Elsewhere, Fuel Loaded From Russia Delivered to Jamaica. State-Owned Refinery, Petrojam, Weighs Possible Relationship.
Part 2 - The geopolitical aspect and the U.S.' response.
When told by 18º North about the fuel that was delivered to Jamaica from Russia, and state-run refinery Petrojam considering buying oil and fuel from Russian energy giant Lukoil through Jamaican-based West Indies Petroleum Limited (WIPL), the Opposition Spokesperson on Energy, Phillip Paulwell, expressed shock.
He said he would warn any importer, “Don’t touch it, unless you get a letter from the [U.S.] State Department expressly approving it.”
He said that while the country should explore all opportunities presented to it, when it comes to importing Russian petroleum products, “It is important that we are not seen to be running afoul of U.S. sanctions because there are implications.”