Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo is considering joining India and China in buying Russian oil to offset increasing pressure of rising energy costs, the Financial Times reported on Monday.
"We always monitor all of the options. If there is the country (and) they give a better price, of course," Jokowi said in an interview with the Financial Times when he was asked whether Indonesia would buy oil from Russia.
Earlier this month, Jokowi hiked subsidised fuel prices by 30 percent and said that the price hike was his "last option" due to fiscal pressures, sparking protests across the nation of 270 million people.
Any move to purchase Russian crude at prices above the cap agreed by G7 countries could subject Indonesia to US sanctions.
In August, Tourism Minister Sandiaga Uno said that Indonesia had been offered Russian crude at a 30 percent discount. Following this, the country's state-owned oil company, Pertamina said it was reviewing the risks of buying Russian oil.
Indonesia posted an annual inflation rate of 4.69 percent in August, above the central bank's target range of 2 percent – 4 percent for a third straight month, due to high food prices.