Pakistan has placed its first order for discounted Russian crude oil under a new deal negotiated between Pakistan and Russia, following months of discussions.

State Minister for Petroleum, Musadik Malik, confirmed that one cargo will dock at Karachi port in May.

Pakistan will only purchase crude oil, not refined oil, and imports are expected to reach 100,000 barrels per day if the initial transaction goes smoothly. Pakistan’s Refinery Limited (PRL) will initially refine the Russian crude, with other refineries to be included after a trial run.


A delegation from Russia arrived in Pakistan earlier this month to discuss the payment mode. During these talks, the Russian side requested that the deal with Moscow be kept secret as they do not want the disclosure to other Russian crude buyer countries.

Consequently, Pakistan’s top officials decided not to disclose the mode of payment and the exact discount. Russian Energy Minister Nikolay Shulginov led a delegation to Islamabad in January to hold talks on the deal, after which he said oil exports to Pakistan could begin after March.