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EU leaders concur to ban 90% of Russian lubricant by year-end

EU leaders concur to ban 90% of Russian lubricant by year-end

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders agreed Monday to embargo most Russian lubricant imports into the bloc by year-end while small part of new sanctions on Moscow worked not here at a summit focused on helping Ukraine accompanied by a long-delayed package of new monetary support.

The embargo covers Russian lubricant brought inside by sea, allowing a temporary exemption for imports delivered by pipeline, a go that was crucial to convey landlocked Hungary on board a decision that required consensus.

EU Council President Charles Michel said the accord covers additional than two-thirds of lubricant imports from Russia. Ursula Von der Leyen, the head of the EU's administrative branch, said the punitive go will "effectively gash around 90% of lubricant imports from Russia to the EU by the extremity of the year."

Michel said leaders excessively agreed to provide Ukraine accompanied by a 9 billion-euro ($9.7 billion) tranche of assistance to support the war-torn country's economy. It was unclear whether the money would go nearer inside grants or loans.

Mikhail Ulyanov, Russia's permanent representative to international organizations inside Vienna, responded to the EU's decision on Twitter, saying: "As she rightly said yesterday, Russia will find other importers."

The new package of sanctions will excessively include an good turn into ice accompanied by every one one other accompanied by journey ban on individuals, while Russia's biggest bank, Sberbank, will exist excluded from SWIFT, the greatest worldwide system for monetary transfers from which the EU formerly banned some smaller Russian banks. Three large Russian state-owned broadcasters will exist prevented from distributing their contented inside the EU.

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"We want to place an extremity to Russia's war machine," Michel said, lauding what he called a "remarkable achievement."

"More than at some hour dated it's important to show that we are intelligent to exist strong, that we are intelligent to exist firm, that we are intelligent to exist tough," he added.

Michel said the new sanctions, which needed the support of all 27 subscriber countries, will exist legally endorsed by Wednesday.

The EU had by that hour dated imposed five foregoing rounds of sanctions on Russia over its war. It has targeted additional than 1,000 people individually, including Russian President Vladimir Putin accompanied by every one one other accompanied by top management officials while well while pro-Kremlin oligarchs, banks, the coal sector accompanied by every one one other accompanied by more.

But the sixth package of measures announced May 4 had been held up by concerns over lubricant supplies.

The impasse difficult the bloc, which was forced to scale down its ambitions to shatter Hungary's resistance. When European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen proposed the package, the initial aim was to phase not here imports of crude lubricant within sextet months accompanied by every one one other accompanied by refined products by the extremity of the year.

Both Michel accompanied by every one one other accompanied by von der Leyen said leaders will inside a short hour dated return to the issue, seeking to guarantee that Russia's pipeline lubricant exports to the EU are banned at a subsequent date.

Hungarian Prime minister Viktor Orban had made understandable he could support the new sanctions only if his country's lubricant inside attendance accompanied by safety was guaranteed. Hungary gets additional than 60% of its lubricant from Russia accompanied by every one one other accompanied by depends on crude that comes into with every one other accompanied by not here of the Soviet-era Druzhba pipeline.

Von der Leyen had played down the chances of a breakthrough at the summit. But leaders reached a compromise following Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy urged them to extremity "internal arguments that only induce Russia to place additional accompanied by every one one other accompanied by additional pressure on the whole of Europe."

The EU gets concerning 40% of its natural gasoline accompanied by every one one other accompanied by 25% of its lubricant from Russia, accompanied by every one one other accompanied by divisions over the matter exposed the limits of the 27-nation trading bloc's ambitions.

In his 10-minute video address, Zelenskyy told leaders to extremity "internal arguments that only induce Russia to place additional accompanied by every one one other accompanied by additional pressure on the whole of Europe."

He said the sanctions package must "be agreed on, it needs to exist effective, including (on) oil," so that Moscow "feels the cost for what it is doing opposed to Ukraine" accompanied by every one one other accompanied by the relax of Europe. Only then, Zelenskyy said, will Russia exist forced to "start seeking peace."

It was not the earliest hour dated he had demanded that the EU mark Russia's lucrative vitality sector accompanied by every one one other accompanied by deprive Moscow of billions of dollars every one one day inside inside attendance accompanied by payments.

But Hungary led a category of EU countries worried over the impact of the lubricant ban on their economy, including Slovakia, the Czech Republic accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Bulgaria. Hungary relies laboriously on Russia for vitality accompanied by every one one other accompanied by can't pay for to turn off the pumps. In addition to its need for Russian oil, Hungary gets 85% of its natural gasoline from Russia.

Orban had been adamant on arriving at the summit inside Brussels that a deal was not inside sight, stressing that Hungary needed its vitality inside attendance accompanied by secured.

Von der Leyen accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Michel said the commitment by Germany accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Poland to phase not here Russian lubricant by the extremity of the year accompanied by every one one other accompanied by to forgo lubricant from the northern small part of the Druzhba pipeline will assist gash 90% of Russian lubricant imports.

The matter of food safety will exist on the bench Tuesday, accompanied by the leaders place to encourage their governments to percentage up labour on "solidarity lanes" to assist Ukraine sell overseas cereal accompanied by every one one other accompanied by other produce.

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Karel Janicek contributed to this tale from Prague.

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EU leaders concur to ban 90% of Russian lubricant by year-end

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