Indian Oil in talks with Rosneft to import Russian oil

FILE PHOTO: Christmas and New Year decorations depicting a Russia's Rosneft oil company logo are pictured at the "Biryusinka" toy factory, which has been producing decorations and toys for the festive season since 1942, in Krasnoyarsk, Russia November 29, 2018. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin

ABU DHABI (Reuters) - Indian Oil Corp, the country’s top refiner, is in talks with oil major Rosneft to explore possibility of importing Russian oil, its chairman Sanjiv Singh said on Tuesday.

“We have taken very small quantities from Russia in the past which cant be considered significant so we are trying to explore if we can increase the Russian crude volume coming to India...We are in discussion with Rosneft and we are hopeful that something should work,” Singh told reporters at an energy conference.

Oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan said late on Monday that India is open to importing oil from Russia.

India, the world’s third-biggest oil importer and consumer, ships in about 60% of its overall crude needs from the middle eastern countries. The nation is gradually tapping new sources to hedge itself against geopolitical risks.

Reporting by Dahlia Nehme, Writing by Nidhi Verma, editing by Louise Heavens