EU Split on Russia Oil Sanctions, Mulls Other Steps

Germany and the Netherlands said the EU was dependent on Russian oil and gas and could not cut itself off tomorrow.

Ingrid Melander and Sabine Siebold, Reuters

The EU’s foreign ministers disagreed on March 21 on whether and how to slap sanctions on Russia's lucrative energy sector over its invasion of Ukraine, with Germany saying the bloc was too dependent on Russian oil to decide an embargo.

The EU and allies have already imposed a panoply of measures against Russia, including freezing its central bank's assets.

Russia’s siege and bombardment of Mariupol port, which EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell called “a massive war crime,” is increasing pressure for action.

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