France says EU deal on Russia oil embargo possible this week

French European Affairs Minister Clement Beaune arrives at the Elysée Palace, Paris, prior to an inauguration ceremony. – EPA pic, May 10, 2022.

AN EU accord on halting oil imports from Russia by the end of the year, the latest response to Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, could be secured this week, France’s Europe Minister said today.

The embargo, part of a sixth package of EU sanctions under discussion, is being resisted by some member states that rely on Russian oil to keep their economies running and are seeking guarantees of alternative sources.

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