Although India has increased its importation of Russian oil, Iraqi oil still remains a majority of Indian imported oil into the country. The reasoning behind the Russian alternative is that Indians and other consumer countries noticed that Russian oil is sold at a discounted price per barrel. As such, demand for Russian oil rapidly increased internationally. However, Iraq has been able to continue their competitive oil exports to India because of their government strategic agreements which bind the two countries. Moreover, Iraq has agreements with private companies within India.
- Iraq maintaining its position in Indian market despite rise in Russian oil imports – SOMO head