High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell says that no EU agreement has been reached on an embargo on Russian energy sources.
According to a report by Reuters, Borrell says that there is insufficient support from European Union member states for a complete embargo or punitive tariff on Russian oil and gas imports.
This lack of support has prevented the EU from coming up with a formal agreement on the matter, despite MEPs demanding an immediate embargo on the importation of Russian energy sources earlier this month.
Borell says that the topic will be discussed at the next EU summit which should be taking place at the end of May and that he does not believe that there will be a decision about the matter before then.
Oil exports are the main source of foreign currency for Russia and many in the EU have called for purchases of Russian fossil fuels to end, because they effectively are financing the illegal invasion of Ukraine.
EP President Roberta Metsola has also issued similar warnings about this in a speech earlier this month.
Since the Russians invaded Ukraine illegally on 24th February, over 12 million people have been forced to flee their homes. According to a United Nations data monitor, over five million people have left Ukraine and over seven million have been internally displaced within the country’s borders.
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Did you know an agreement has not been reached?