Last month saw a significant uptick in Russian oil deliveries to China, as the world’s second-largest energy consumer stepped in to purchase unsold Russian barrels at a time when some Western countries suspended deliveries of Russian oil and explored potential embargoes in the wake of the Ukraine invasion.

China imported 43.03 million metric tonnes of crude in April, averaging 10.51 million barrels a day, up 6.6% from the same month last year, bringing the total imports in the first four months to 171 million tonnes or 10.4