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.
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.