The European Union (EU) has agreed to compromise on a planned oil embargo against Russia.
Two-thirds of Russia’s oil supplies to the EU are said to be affected by the embargo, said EU Council President Charles Michael, 46, at the end of the first day of a special EU summit on Ukraine. The summit was plunged into darkness by fighting between 26 of the 27 EU member states and Hungary.
According to diplomatic sources, the agreement on post-war Nerves was related to imports by ship. Therefore oil supply through the pipe should be allowed to continue continuously at the beginning. In particular, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban (59) called for a sixth week of sanctions against Russia (which requires a consensus).
Germany will discount this from the beginning of 2023
However, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, like Germany and Poland, should benefit from the interim solution, with the “Druschba” pipeline. However, Berlin and Warsaw have already announced that they will completely stop using oil from Russia from next year. EU Commission Chairman Ursula von der Leyen (63) said at night that this would increase the planned reduction in oil imports by “about 90 percent”.
According to the summit, they want to get back to the pipeline oil topic “as soon as possible”.
According to BILD information, a violent accident occurred behind the scenes. BILD learned from diplomatic circles that “all member states were willing to make sacrifices in favor of Ukraine, but the fear of competition rifts was far greater than that of countries with exceptional rules.”
Fear of competitive shortcomings
The result of despair: many details, especially the right transition periods remained open. “Fair competition must ensure unity and equality among member states,” the council said. He also assured 447 million EU citizens: “Immediate action will be taken to ensure supply security in the event of a sudden supply disruption.”
The President of the European Union spoke about the maximum pressure on Russia. President Olaf Scholes (63, SPD) was also released on the minimum consensus: “The EU agrees,” Scholes wrote on Twitter that night.
Selenskyj criticizes EU hiccups
Earlier, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, 44, was annoyed by the EU’s reluctance to link to a statement via video.
“Why do you depend on Russia, under its pressure, but not?” He asked EU leaders. “Why can Russia still earn almost a billion euros a day from energy sales?”
Background: Since the beginning of the war, Russia has increased its energy revenues by 13.7 billion euros, as higher prices have filled Putin’s war chest.
Criticisms of the summit resolutions also came from the European Parliament. Vice President Nicola Beer (52, FDP) spoke to BILD about the “oil ban lamp” and the set of “national small print dominance” sanctions.
What is even more disappointing is the fact that the full EU access candidate status has been vacated, and the most important message of the summit for Ukraine: “It will not be more than a wooden class.”
Above all, the European Union, along with the G7 countries, wants to continue to support Ukraine financially. Heads of state and government have agreed to provide nine billion euros in new aid to meet Kiev’s “immediate cash flow needs.”
The money will probably flow in the form of long-term loans at low interest.
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