Several European Union countries have announced the need to consider postponing a ban on Russian oil imports, Bloomberg writes, citing EU diplomats.
According to the agency, the delay is due to the willingness of countries to continue working on the rest of the proposed package of sanctions in the event that Hungary does not support the embargo. However, there are also parties in the EU who believe that such actions can be perceived as a sign of weakness, Bloomberg notes.
It is planned that countries will reach an agreement on a full package of anti-Russian sanctions by the meeting EU Foreign Ministers, which will take place on May 16.
Reuters reported on May 4 that EU ambassadors were unable to reach an agreement on the embargo. Bulgaria, Hungary, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic expressed concerns about oil restrictions, according to the agency's source. Bloomberg noted that the embargo was objected to by a representative of Hungary, while Greece, Malta and Cyprus raised the issue of a ban on oil transportation between third countries, saying that this move would help competitors from Europe.
Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto, in turn, said that Budapest would not vote for the sixth package in its current form, specifying that the country would like the ban not to apply to the import of crude oil through pipelines. At the same time, the lava of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, reported that she had made progress in negotiations with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban on sanctions and energy security.
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