EU Proposes to Ban Russian Oil by End of Year in New War Crimes Sanctions

The European Union (EU) has proposed to ban Russian oil by the end of the year as part of its sixth package of war crimes sanctions against Russia.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced on May 4 that Russian crude oil and refined products would be phased out in six months by the end of 2022.

“We will make sure that we phase out Russian oil in an orderly fashion, in a way that allows us and our partners to secure alternative supply routes and minimizes the impact on global markets,” von der Leyen told the European Parliament.

However, before the package can take effect, EU ambassadors have to unanimously approve it first.

Hungary and Slovakia have already said that they would not participate in any oil sanctions, saying that they needed more time and money to upgrade their oil infrastructure.

Hungarian government spokesperson Zoltan Kovacs said on Twitter that the proposal does not include provisions on how his country’s “energy security would be guaranteed.”

Von der Leyen did not elaborate if Hungary and Slovakia would receive an exemption.

“Let us be clear: it will not be easy. Some Member States are strongly dependent on Russian oil. But we simply have to work on it,” von der Leyen said.

The Czech government also wants a transition period, according to BBC News.

Additionally, von der Leyen said that the EU would ban three Russian state-run broadcasters from its airwaves.

“We have identified these TV channels as mouthpieces that amplify Putin’s lies and propaganda aggressively. We should not give them a stage anymore to spread these lies,” von der Leyen said without naming the broadcasters.

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