There is no consensus within the European Union on the use of the most powerful weapon against Moscow

The German newspaper “Die Welt” quoted Josep Borrell, the EU chief of diplomacy on Monday, saying there is not enough support from EU member states for a complete ban or punitive tariffs on Russian imports of oil and gas.

“At the moment, we in the European Union do not have a unified position on this issue,” Borrell told the newspaper.

Energy exports are the Kremlin’s main source of foreign currency and many within the European Union have called for an end to oil payments because they are effectively funding the war. in Ukraine, which Russia calls “special military operation”.

Some EU countries are pushing for a sixth package of sanctions against Russia, while Brussels is trying to assess the impact of the oil embargo as part of other possible measures.

Russia is Europe’s largest oil supplier, supplying just over a quarter of the European Union’s oil imports in 2020, according to data from the European Union’s statistical office Eurostat.

Borrell said the issue will be discussed at the next EU summit in plans for the end of next month and does not expect any decisions about it before then.

He added: “The final proposal to impose an oil and gas embargo is not yet on the table.”

Die Welt newspaper said the European Commission is likely to come up with proposals for a sixth package of sanctions against member states this week.

Borrell said all EU countries are working to reduce their dependence on Russian oil and gas, adding that he believes the blockade will in able to reduce their own addiction eventually.

He added: “At some point, this will happen . Then Russia will feel the pain of losing oil and gas revenues.”

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