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Hungary is raising tensions over the oil embargo on Moscow with the EU


Hungary on Wednesday blocked the adoption of the oil embargo and new European sanctions decided against Moscow in order to obtain the withdrawal from the EU blacklist of the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, diplomatic sources have indicated, AFP reports.

The patriarch is considered “a long-time ally of President Vladimir Putin” and “has become one of the main supporters of Russian military aggression against Ukraine,” he said.

Leaders of the 27 EU countries meeting at the Brussels summit on Monday and Tuesday reached an agreement to cut Russian oil imports by about 90 percent by the end of the year to drain funding for Russia’s offensive against Ukraine.

Hungary does not agree with the adoption of the oil embargo against Russia, which has led the EU to blacklist

This embargo is the flagship measure of the EU’s sixth package of sanctions, which calls for an extension of the EU’s blacklist to about 60 people, including the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, and the exclusion of three Russian banks from the financial system. Swift International, including Sberbank, the country’s main institution, according to agerpres.ro.

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Unanimity is needed for European sanctions, and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has agreed on a new package of sanctions to be finalized on Wednesday at a meeting of ambassadors ahead of its publication in the EU’s official journal for its entry. in force.

Consultations have taken place with Budapest to try to overcome Hungary’s opposition, a diplomatic source said.

EU leaders will in principle agree to ban oil imports from Russia at a summit in Brussels on Monday and Tuesday, but after weeks of talks, they will postpone decisions on how the procedure will work later, diplomats said.

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“We are heading for an agreement on a sixth package of sanctions,” French President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday (May 30th).

Bulgarian Prime Minister Kiril Petkov, Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte had similar sentiments.

According to a new summit project, the 27 nations will agree that imports of Russian oil into EU countries will be banned, albeit with a temporary exception for crude oil delivered through pipelines.

The text consulted by Reuters confirms an agreement on sanctions for oil transported by sea, with oil delivered via pipelines to Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic, landlocked countries, being subsequently sanctioned / stopped.

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