EU leaders negotiated the sixth package of sanctions against Russia, which includes, in particular, partial embargo on import of Russian oil and cutting Russia’s Sberbank of the SWIFT international payment system, European Council President Charles Michel announced Monday.
“Agreement to ban export of Russian oil to the EU. This immediately covers more than 2/3 of oil imports from Russia, cutting a huge source of financing for its war machine. Maximum pressure on Russia to end the war,” Michel tweeted.
“This sanctions package includes other hard-hitting measures: de-Swifting the largest Russian bank Sberbank, banning 3 more Russian state-owned broadcasters, and sanctioning individuals responsible for war crimes in #Ukraine,” he added.
EU member states had been negotiating the sixth sanctions package for almost one month. Initially, the EU planned to ban import of all Russian oil and oil products, but this decision was opposed by Hungary and a number of other states, who believe that such measures will inflict catastrophic damage on European economy.
The European Commission had to exclude Russian pipeline oil from the package to obtain Hungary’s consent.