If the planned sixth EU sanctions package were to be decided without an oil embargo, Russian President Vladimir Putin would be able to celebrate, said Kuleba on Friday on the sidelines of consultations with the foreign ministers of the G7 group of major industrialized nations in Germany. The unity of the EU would then be broken for the first time.
“I would like to remind you all that for many years President Putin has been trying to achieve exactly this goal – to break the unity of the European Union in its policy towards Ukraine,” Kuleba added. You are at a critical moment.
Plans for a European oil embargo against Russia are currently hanging in the balance because Hungary is unwilling to support the project. The country justifies this with its high dependence on Russian oil supplies and the high costs of switching to other suppliers. It only wants to agree to an embargo if it receives billions in aid from the EU or far-reaching exemptions. However, other EU countries do not want to accept this.
The EU states’ negotiations on an oil embargo were supposed to have been completed last week. The EU Commission’s original proposal was to end imports of Russian crude oil in six months and oil products in eight months because of the Ukraine war. Hungary and Slovakia should be given 20 months. So far, offers of improvement have not been able to persuade Hungary to give up the blockade. (SDA)