Agree but why having a discount other than trying to compete against similar crudes from other countries? And why now?
When they were 'forced' to reload from tanker to tanker, and use tricks like an 'officially' full tanker arrives to their port but in fact it is almost empty, and then it departs carrying a full load but the documents show a different origins, etc - they had to offer large discounts to lure the buyers. Just like selling stolen goods or unstamped cigarettes. But I think everybody stopped caring about any sanctions long before the summer.