Russia-Ukraine Crisis Impact: Oil nears $100; petrol, diesel price hike coming after elections

International oil prices surged close to USD 100 a barrel on Tuesday after Russian President Vladimir Putin sent troops into Ukraine, but petrol and diesel prices in India continue to be on freeze and are expected to rise once assembly elections in states like Uttar Pradesh end.

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Amid fears of supplies being disrupted because of Russian aggression, the price of futures contract for Brent crude oil with April delivery on London’s ICE rose by 4.18 per cent to USD 99.38 per barrel on Tuesday morning, before paring some gains to settle just above USD 98.

The last time Brent exceeded USD 99 per barrel was in September 2014.

Russia makes up for a third of Europe’s natural gas and about 10 per cent of global oil production. About a third of Russian gas supplies to Europe usually travel through pipelines crossing Ukraine.

But for India, Russian supplies account for a very small percentage. While India imported 43,400 barrels per day of…

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