The EU may offer Hungary financial compensation to persuade Budapest to support an embargo on Russian oil.
In particular, how informs Politico, citing EU officials, the latest version of the sixth package of sanctions suggests that Hungary and Slovakia will be given a delay in the introduction of the oil embargo until the end of 2024. That is, two years later than in other EU countries.
“However, Hungary has signaled that it needs even more time to reduce its dependence on Russian oil. Officials said some form of financial compensation could also be offered to avoid further delays. The European Commission may use the payment mechanisms provided by the REPowerEU strategy to reduce dependence on Russian fossil fuels, which will be announced on May 18.
The EU has already abandoned part of the measures against Russian oil
Meanwhile, the EU is already weakened package of sanctions against Russian oil. As Bloomberg notes, citing sources and documents that were available to the agency, this decision was made after serious disputes on this issue at a meeting over the weekend.
According to the documents, the EU has abandoned the ban on the transportation of Russian oil by ships of European countries to third countries. At the same time, the prohibition of insurance of such supplies will be preserved. It is noted that one of the largest shipowners in the world is Greece. And this country was among the EU member states insisting on the exclusion of this provision from the sixth package of sanctions.
Previously, the permanent representatives of the EU member states failed to reach an agreement on the imposition of sanctions against Russia. The fact is that Hungary continued to block the EU proposal to ban the import of Russian oil, Bloomberg reports. Thus, Budapest delays the entire sixth package of sanctions against Russia.
As sanctions measures against the Russian Federation, the European Union proposes to disconnect several more Russian banks, including Sberbank, from the SWIFT international payment system. The package also provides for restrictions for Russian legal entities and individuals to purchase real estate in countries that are members of the EU. In addition, it is proposed to ban the provision of consulting services to Russian companies. :///
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