US, Europe Mulls Banning Russian Oil Imports

The United States said that it was in “active discussions” with Europe about banning imports of Russian crude in what could possibly be a major move in a series of penalties for Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.

“We are now in very active discussions with our European partners about banning the import of Russian oil to our countries, while of course at the same time maintaining a steady global supply of oil,” U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken told NBC on Sunday.

“The actions we’ve taken to date have already had a devastating impact on the Russian economy,” Blinken added, referring to economic sanctions imposed by the international community on Russia.

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen, while pushing for more sanctions on Russia, did not fully advocate for an outright ban on Russian oil. The European Union heavily relies on Russia for oil supply.

As Western nations have not yet decided on banning Russian oil, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba urged Shell and other energy giants to stop buying Moscow’s biggest source of revenue.

“Russian oil and gas smells of Ukrainian blood,” Kuleba said.

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