EU states cannot agree on an embargo on Russian energy

Following the significant opposition to the complete oil and gas embargo, Brussels is considering its alternatives.



While the European Union has been unable to agree on a complete ban on the imports of Russian oil and gas, they do predict that one will be reached in the upcoming weeks.


Josep Borrell, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, was quoted by Le Figaro as saying that member states are debating several alternatives for restrictions on Russian oil and gas supply, but there is no agreement on any of them.


"As far as I am aware, there is currently no oil and gas plan on the table. Numerous factors are taken into account, and numerous proposals are examined, according to Borrell on Thursday.


The restriction on the importation of Russian oil and gas is not currently being discussed, according to French President Emmanuel Macron.


"This topic (of the ban on Russian gas and oil) might come up in negotiations, but not just now. Gas negotiations have not yet begun, according to Macron, who spoke on Friday to the Italian newspaper Corriere Della Sera.


An embargo on Russian oil imports may be implemented in the coming weeks, according to French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire, who also noted that there is "opposition and anxiety" among EU nations over the basic notion of the restriction.


"A Russian oil supply cutoff is being discussed... There is still no precise timeframe, but this issue might be handled in a few weeks, Le Maire said on Friday, according to the BFMTV channel.


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