Germany will completely stop Russian oil imports by the end of the year — RT DE

Apr 21, 2022 12:09 p.m

As Russia’s military operation in Ukraine continues, Foreign Minister Baerbock has announced that Germany will halt all Russian oil imports by the end of the year. The situation is different for gas imports.

Germany will completely halt its oil imports from Russia by the end of this year, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said on Wednesday, according to Reuters.

“That’s why I’m saying here quite clearly: Yes, Germany is also completely phasing out Russian energy imports,” said the Foreign Minister after a meeting with her Baltic counterparts. Baerbock added:

“We will halve oil by the summer and be at zero by the end of the year, and then gas will follow, in a common European roadmap, because our common exit, full exit with the European Union, is our common strength.”

Europe’s largest economy has recently stepped up efforts to reduce its dependence on Russian energy imports. According to statistics, as of early April, Russian oil accounted for 25 percent of German imports, compared to 35 percent before the start of Moscow’s military operation in Ukraine. Stopping gas imports is even more difficult for Germany, which received 40 percent of supplies from Russia in the first quarter.

Some European countries have called for a complete halt to Russian energy imports. This month the EU voted to ban Russian coal but failed to agree on an oil and gas embargo. Russia supplies around 40 percent of the EU’s natural gas and covers around a third of the EU’s oil needs.

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