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Ban Russian Oil And Three More State Broadcasters, European Commission Proposes In Sixth Sanction Package

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European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen unveiled details of a proposed sixth package of EU sanctions against Russia, including a complete ban on Russian oil and three more state broadcasters. 

“It won’t be easy because some EU member states are dependent on Russian oil but we simply have to do it,” von der Leyen told the European Parliament. “We are calling for a complete ban on Russian oil from Europe, seaborne and pipeline, crude and refined.”

She said it will be phased out in an orderly fashion to allow the EU to secure alternative supply routes and to minimise the impact on the global market. 

“It will maximise pressure on Russia and minimise the collateral damage on us; to help Ukraine we must ensure our economies remain strong.”

As for the three state broadcasters, she said they have been identified as “mouthpieces” of the Kremlin that “amplify Vladimir Putin’s lies”.

“They won’t be allowed to distribute their content in the EU in whatever shape or form, be it on cable, through satellite, on the internet or via app,” she said.

Von der Leyen didn’t name these broadcasters, but back in March the EU already banned Russian state-owned news agencies RT and Sputnik from its airwaves.

This article is part of a content series called Ewropej. This is a multi-newsroom initiative part-funded by the European Parliament to bring the work of the EP closer to the citizens of Malta and keep them informed about matters that affect their daily lives. This article reflects only the author’s view. The European Parliament is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains.

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