An intense week is expected in terms of energy. Brussels will have to face this next week intricate decisions that, surely, will condition the supply of fuels to Europe in the short and medium term.
The debate within the European Union has intensified due to the Russian threat to close the gas tap. It has already done so with Poland and Bulgaria, so exemplary sanctions are being proposed from Brussels.
The objective of the EU is to impact where it can hurt the most Kremlin and an embargo of its oil would be in the pools of European leaders. Not in vain, and according to Eurostat, its sale supposes to the Russian coffers close to 48,000 million euros per year.
Brussels seeks to iron out the differences between its member states with the aim of sanction imports of Russian oil as part of the sixth round of sanctions against Moscow, after Poland, at an extraordinary meeting of energy ministers, called for more measures and Germany and Austria have signaled that “they are ready” to veto Russian crude.
“A new package is indeed in the course of preparation but it was not the topic of the day, discussions continue this week and there will be information in the coming days,” said the French Minister of Energy and current president of the EU, Barbara Pompili, to the end of the extraordinary meeting at Twenty-seven.
In her entrance to the extraordinary meeting of EU Energy Ministers, the Polish Minister of Climate and Environment, Anna Moskwa, has called on the Member States to implement sanctions on Russian oil and gas “immediately”, something that has pointed out is “Totally necessary” and that it should be included in the next sanctions package.
“The first step is oil and then gas. We are committed to doing it together”the Polish Minister of Climate and Environment has influenced the media, who has refused to comply with the Russian decree to pay for gas purchases in rubles and has appealed to “solidarity” to impose sanctions on Kremlin gas. “We are quite proud to be on the list of countries hostile to Putin,” she remarked.
Also Germany and Austria have expressed that “they are ready” to apply sanctions to Moscow oil, two countries, a priori, reluctant to include the energy sector in the sanctions package due to its high dependence on Russian fossil fuels.