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EU Ban on Russian Oil ‘Would Hit Everyone,’ Kremlin Says

Published Mar 21, 2022 06:15AM ET Updated Mar 21, 2022 06:45AM ET
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A European Union ban on imports of Russian oil would have a profound effect on the global crude market and hit the continent hardest, said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

“This is a decision that would hit everyone,” Peskov told reporters on Monday. “Americans would not lose much and will feel much better than Europeans. Europeans would have it hard.”

The Kremlin’s statement comes as several EU countries are pushing for a fifth round of sanctions on Russia in retaliation for its invasion in Ukraine. The new wave of restrictions could include a ban on purchasing Russian oil, which may be more easily replaceable than Russian gas. 

Should the ban be adopted, the EU, the single largest consumer of crude oil and fuel from Russia, would be following the U.S. and the U.K. Even in the absence of an official Europe-wide ban, traditional buyers of Russian crude and oil products have been cautious or even reluctant to take the country’s cargoes. So-called self-sanctioning has contributed to higher volatility in crude prices.

Any measures targeting Russian oil would mostly depend on Germany, which has so far been the main source of resistance to expanding the scope of EU sanctions and other restrictive measures to the energy sector. Berlin is not alone in opposing moves against Russian energy flows, with Hungary also among those against. Any decision would need to be taken unanimously by all 27 member states.

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EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell told reporters that the bloc’s foreign ministers will discuss on Monday what kind of additional sanctions might be imposed, including those related to energy. Asked whether the EU is ready to sanction Russian oil, he said: “The ministers will discuss about that.”

Europe’s leaders are meeting in Brussels on Thursday, where the idea of an oil embargo ls likely to be discussed. 

“I think it is unavoidable to start talking about the energy sector and we definitely can talk about oil, because it is the biggest revenue to the Russian budget and also it is quite easily replaceable because of our infrastructure and multiple suppliers,” Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis said in Brussels.

Out of an average daily 4.39 million barrels of oil Russia exported to its main foreign clients from March 1 to 15, deliveries via westbound pipelines and ports on the Black and Baltic Seas, which traditionally serve European customers, reached some 2.7 million barrels per day, according to the Russian oil industry data.

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Joseph Lee
Joseph Lee Mar 22, 2022 10:40PM ET
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The final divorce of Russia from Europe. It's on a slow burn but inevitable.
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Mar 22, 2022 12:45PM ET
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"A European Union ban on imports of Russian oil would have a profound effect on the global crude market and hit the continent hardest, said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov."  -- I believe him because Kremlin always take the best interest of Europe into consideration, and they have done nothing to cause any doubt to their credibility.........there, I said the whole sentence without laughing
Brent Oil
Brent Oil Mar 21, 2022 9:16AM ET
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Would be very surprised, if all of the EU-countries agree on this.
John Berry
John Berry Mar 21, 2022 9:16AM ET
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Depends on how far Putin takes this invasion. The longer it lasts, the more chance they all agree to it. How else do you stop the animal!!!
Manfred Kruger
Manfred Kruger Mar 21, 2022 9:16AM ET
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The Europeans better take the longer view. If they don’t do everything the posibly can to stop Putin now a much larger shooting war will be unavoidable.
 
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