The heads of state and government of the European Union agreed on Monday Sixth package of sanctions against RussiaWhich includes a partial ban on Russian oil imports and the removal of Sberbank from the SWIFT system.
The ban has not yet been implemented – it was one of the requirements of Hungary, which was supported by the Czech Republic and Slovakia – from imports through the pipeline “Przyjaźń” (Druzhba). It was a crisis mechanism in the event that the pipeline suddenly stopped working, for example due to hostilities, and the Hungarian and Hungarian refineries were not yet ready to switch to non-Russian oil. This part of the “Przyjaźń” pipeline accounts for about 10 percent of Russia’s oil imports to Europe.
Zelensky comments on the European Union’s decision
Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky, welcomed the new EU sanctions package against Moscow, but criticized the EU for its more than 50-day break between the fifth and sixth rounds of sanctions.
– Finally, we have details about the sixth package of EU sanctions against Russia because of this war. And he said in a video posted on social media, that the package had been approved.
– But the main components of the package are already clear and most important: its direction. European countries agreed to significantly reduce oil imports from Russia. “I am grateful to everyone who worked on reaching this agreement,” the Ukrainian president added.
Earlier, during a meeting with the Prime Minister of Slovakia Zuzana Caputova in Kyiv, Zelensky noted that Ukraine is not satisfied with the fact that EU leaders need about two months to make another decision to impose sanctions on Russia.
More than 50 days have passed since the fifth package of sanctions, this is unacceptable to us, said Zelensky, who was speaking on Tuesday at a joint conference with the head of the Slovak government.
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