French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said on Sunday that France was in talks with the United Arab Emirates over oil and diesel supplies.
“We need to find an alternative to Russian gasoline,” Le Maire said in an interview with Europe1 Radio. The UAE could provide at least a “temporary solution”, he said.
The Mayor was discussing inflation in France ahead of the first round of voting in next week’s national legislative elections. While he denied that the war in Ukraine was the main cause of soaring energy prices, he said the conflict “emphasizes a much deeper phenomenon,” to which becoming more energy independent is the best response.
As part of its sixth sanctions package against Russia following the Kremlin’s invasion of Ukraine, the EU will impose an embargo on Russian oil, blocking maritime imports by the end of the year.