Countries want to follow the example of Hungary and Slovakia, for which the EC wants to make an exception. A gradual ban on oil supplies is expected to be included in the sixth package of EU sanctions against Russia

Bulgaria and the Czech Republic want to follow the example of Hungary and Slovakia and ask the European Commission to exclude them from the embargo on Russian oil supplies, according to the Swiss newspaper Le Matin, citing unnamed European diplomats.

A gradual ban on oil imports is expected to be included in the sixth package of EU sanctions against Russia. They want to make an exception for Hungary and Slovakia, which are completely dependent on Russian supplies, an unnamed European official said. According to him, the EU should try to avoid a situation where other countries will demand relief and find the right solution.

Earlier about that the EC may allow Hungary and Slovakia to import Russian oil, Reuters reported, citing two representatives of the European Union. According to one of them, the European Commission can either allow these countries not to join the embargo, or offer them a long transition period. At the same time, German Economy Minister Robert Habeck expressed the country's readiness to support the embargo on Russian oil. At the same time, Germany “will take more time to become independent of natural gas imports,” the German authorities said.

NBC, citing European and American diplomats, reported that Brussels would announce new restrictive measures against Russia , including a ban on oil supplies, this week. The New York Times also called similar terms.

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