German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock – Christophe Gateau/dpa
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BERLIN, 2 (DPA/EP)
The Government of Germany has shown this Monday its support for the imposition of an oil embargo on Russia for its invasion of Ukraine, triggered on February 24 by order of President Vladimir Putin, amid international efforts to increase pressure on Moscow.
The German Foreign Minister, Annalena Baerbock, has indicated in statements granted to the German television channel ARD that Berlin is “prepared” to face the situation without Russian oil for several years.
Thus, he explained that the new oil supply contracts have significantly reduced dependence on Russia, with consumption falling from 35 percent to twelve percent in a matter of a few weeks, as reported by the German energy agency. dpa news.
However, the German Economy Minister, Robert Habeck, has acknowledged that there is still no agreement on this matter and has stressed that “other countries are not yet ready” to adopt this measure.
Habeck has acknowledged that an oil embargo on Russia would have an impact on the country and that there would be price increases, while he has argued that it could also imply temporary deficits. On the contrary, he has stressed that it would not imply that Germany fell into an “oil crisis”.
The Ministers of Energy of the European Union (EU) will hold an extraordinary meeting this Monday to address the energy situation in the community market in the context of the Russian invasion of Ukraine and after the Russian state gas company, Gazprom, decided cut supplies to Poland and Bulgaria last week over the refusal of both countries to pay for gas in rubles as required by the Kremlin.
In this context, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister, Dimitro Kuleba, asked the EU’s High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, on Sunday that the next package of sanctions against Russia include an oil embargo.