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Ukraine: France hopes to find an agreement on a Russian oil embargo


LFrance wants to be optimistic about a proposed European oil embargo, currently blocked by Viktor Orban’s Hungary. “I think we can have an agreement within the week, we are working hard on it. It’s probably a matter of days, ”said Clément Beaune, the French Secretary of State for European Affairs, on the LCI channel. “We have to move quickly, and I say this with confidence: there will be a sixth package of European sanctions, they will be very powerful and we will gradually, with a timetable, get out of Russian oil first, but Russian hydrocarbons in general” , he continued.

Telephone contact between European leaders, including French President Emmanuel Macron, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, will take place on Tuesday, he said. Ursula von der Leyen had made a state of “progress” on Monday after a meeting with Viktor Orban in Budapest.

A landlocked country dependent on its hydrocarbon purchases from Russia, Hungary is asking its EU partners for guarantees on its energy supplies to agree to a sixth package of sanctions against Moscow including a halt to Russian oil purchases .

Unanimity required

“There are exit doors around derogations of two kinds: the delay for certain countries objectively in difficulty, because 100% of their oil supply comes from Russia, and then alternative supply guarantees. These are the two parameters on which we are working, ”said Clément Beaune. The unanimity of the Twenty-Seven is required for the adoption of sanctions. Five sanctions packages have already been adopted against Russia since its invasion of Ukraine on February 24.

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