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Ukraine seeks tougher restrictions at Russian ports over oil

A top economic adviser to Ukrainian President VolodymyrZelenskiy called on the White House to block American companies from all trade in Russian oil and urged Western oil and gas companies to stop handling the commodity, the New York Times reported on Wednesday 16 Mar.

Accountants to verify no Russian oil is loaded onto their ships

In an interview with the U.S. news outlet overnight, Oleg Ustenko said the companies should hire independent accountants to verify no Russian oil is loaded onto their ships, the Times said.

"We need a full embargo, a full boycott. All Russian ports must be closed," he told the Times from Kyiv as Ukrainian forces entered week three of their defense against Russia's assault on its neighboring country.

Ustenko pointed to loopholes he said allow Russian oil producers to continue to export their oil and trade it out of ports such as Novorossiysk, and cited a tanker charted by Chevron Corp carrying a crude oil blend en route to the Netherlands after leaving Novorossiysk on Friday.
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