According to the deputy director of the National Economic Council of the White House, Daleep Singh, the reduction in supplies will raise gasoline prices and “contribute to the growth of incomes” of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The United States is exploring ways to reduce Russian oil consumption, while avoiding disruptions in global energy supplies. Daleep Singh, deputy director of the National Economic Council of the White House, said this on CNN.

“We are looking for opportunities to reduce the consumption of Russian oil in the United States, while maintaining global energy supplies,” he said. According to Singh, the reduction of oil supplies in the world “will only raise prices [for gasoline] at American gas stations and contribute to the growth of incomes of [Russian President Vladimir] Putin”. Singh stressed that the goal of the American authorities is “to reduce the status of Russia as a leading supplier of energy carriers.”

According to the official statistics of the U.S. Department of Energy Information Office, Russia is among the top five foreign oil suppliers to the American market. According to Bloomberg, Russia in 2021 came in second place among its importers in the United States.

Answering a question from journalists earlier on Wednesday about the possibility of a ban on oil imports from Russia, U.S. President Joe Biden said that “nothing is excluded.” However, he has assured several times in recent days that the American government will try to minimize the consequences for Americans of applying various restrictive measures against Russia, including taking into account the need to curb the growth of already high fuel prices in the United States.