German lawmakers visiting Kyiv support EU ban on Russian oil imports: report


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The European Union should end its dependence on Russian oil, members of a German delegation said on Tuesday after a visit to Ukraine, according to a report.

“It can be done in a few weeks because there are other suppliers,” said Anton Hofreiter, a German member of parliament who visited kyiv, according to Reuters.

He added that the EU embargo on Russian coal imports, which is due to come into force in August, is too slow.

Michael Roth (right), chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, speaks during a session of the Bundestag (lower house of parliament) in Berlin on April 6, 2022, the debate focusing on the civilians found dead in the Ukrainian city from Bucha.
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Michael Roth, chairman of Germany’s Foreign Affairs Committee, said a ban would send a strong message to Russia.

Germany is Europe’s largest economy and oil exports are Russia’s main source of income.

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“Russia attacks Ukraine + our common values,” Roth tweeted Wednesday morning after the visit to Ukraine. “A terrible state of emergency. The tragic situation is due to the fact that we are fighting against each other. But there is only one enemy: it is Putin’s Russia. We must remain united against him. Division only helps Putin.”

Co-Chairman of the German Green Party parliamentary group Anton Hofreiter delivers a speech during a meeting of the Green Party Council of States (Länderrat) on October 2, 2021 in Berlin, Germany.

Co-Chairman of the German Green Party parliamentary group Anton Hofreiter delivers a speech during a meeting of the Green Party Council of States (Länderrat) on October 2, 2021 in Berlin, Germany.
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German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has said Germany could end its dependence on Russian oil by the end of the year and the EU is drafting ban proposals, but nothing has been decided.

Germany has reduced its percentage of imports from Russia by 10% since the invasion at the end of February: to 25% against 35% before the war.

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Volunteers load the bodies of civilians killed in Bucha onto a truck to take them to a morgue for investigation, on the outskirts of kyiv, Ukraine, Tuesday, April 12, 2022.

Volunteers load the bodies of civilians killed in Bucha onto a truck to take them to a morgue for investigation, on the outskirts of kyiv, Ukraine, Tuesday, April 12, 2022.
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US President Biden last month announced a ban on Russian oil, but Germany and other European countries are more dependent on Russia and polls have shown the German people are reluctant to risk higher prices and oil shortages. supply, according to Reuters.

Only 30% of respondents to a recent German survey said the country should immediately stop Russian imports.


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