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Russia last year overtook Saudi Arabia to become the largest supplier of oil to China, Reuters reported, citing Chinese import data.

Russia supplied 107 million tons of oil to China in 2023, the equivalent of 2.1 million barrels a day, the agency said.

Saudi Arabia, China’s top supplier for many years, delivered 86 million tons, a 2 percent drop compared with the previous year.

China is the world’s largest net importer of oil, having overtaken the United States in 2017.

Western sanctions imposed on Russia for its February 2022 invasion of Ukraine has upended global trade, including the shipment of fossil fuels.

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