The leadership of the countries of the European Union reached an agreement on the introduction of a partial ban on oil imports from Russia as part of the sixth package of sanctions.
This was announced on his Twitter account by the head of the European Council, Charles Michel.
European countries have come to an agreement that the restrictions, once they come into force, will affect 75% of Russian oil imports. By the end of this year, the European Union intends to reduce oil imports from the Russian Federation by 90%, Michel said.
Meanwhile, as noted by the head of the European Council, the embargo will not apply to oil supplies through pipelines. In turn, the head of the Hungarian government, Viktor Orban, said that the proposed oil restrictions would not affect Budapest, which opposed the embargo. Hungary receives Russian oil through the Druzhba pipeline.
It is worth noting that during the “reduced” version of the embargo, in addition to Hungary, some other European countries, including Germany and Slovakia, will be able to continue buying oil, Politico notes.
Recall that at the moment the European Union is completing the preparation of a new, already sixth package of sanctions against the Russian Federation. As part of this package, in addition to imposing a ban on the import of Russian oil, Sberbank and two other unnamed banks (according to Politico, we are talking about Rosselkhozbank and Moscow Credit Bank) will be disconnected from SWIFT. In addition, broadcasting of three major Russian TV channels will be banned on the territory of the European Union. Agence France Presse (AFP), referring to the draft document on sanctions, also reported that Patriarch Kirill would be included in the sanctions list.