India's top steelmaker Tata Steel imported about 75,000 tonnes of coal from Russia in the second half of May, weeks after pledging to stop doing business with Russia.
Two anonymous trade sources and one government source said the company shipped 75,000 tonnes of coal from Russia's Vanino port, with 42,000 tonnes offloaded at Paradip port and 32,000 tonnes at Haldia. The information is also affirmed by the official.
Tata Steel once said in April that the firm has found alternatives to Russian coal in India, the U.K. and Netherlands to wean off its reliance of Russia.
A spokesman for Tata Steel said the deal to import coal from Russia was made before the company's announcement to cut business ties with Russia, without providing further details.
India has refrained from condemning Russia over its conflict with Ukraine. Tata Steel was the only major steelmaker to announce it would stop doing business with Russia. Other Indian steelmakers have been importing bulk quantities of coal from Russia.
(Writing by Rebecca Liu Editing by Tammy Yang)
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