Ukrainian foreign minister urges EU to suspend Russian gas and oil imports as Moscow-kyiv war enters 83rd day

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In order to stop the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Kyiv urged the European Union (EU) to stop Russian oil and gas imports. Speaking on the sidelines of the EU Foreign Affairs Council meeting in Brussels, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said it was important to suspend purchases from Russia as the EU pays twice its imports: “first supporting Ukraine, then paying Russia.”

The European Union “must then pay for the destruction wrought on Ukrainian soil by Russian weapons,” Kuleba was quoted by AP as saying.

Earlier this week, Kuleba said there was “no guarantee” that the 27-nation bloc will be able to quickly agree to the sixth sanctions package that is supposed to include an embargo on Russian oil imports. The proposal was forwarded by European Council President Ursula Von der Leyen on May 4 in the wake of atrocious atrocities and war crimes allegations against Russia. At yesterday’s EU leaders’ meeting, the committee failed to reach a unanimous decision, with Hungary opposing the ban, saying it will not agree until the EU will not have found an “alternative solution to the problem it will create”.

Kuleba thanks Washington for ‘unwavering support’

Ahead of the EU FM meeting in Brussels, Kuleba met US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Berlin for the informal meeting between the top leaders of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) members. Senior diplomats discussed “the security and economic assistance Ukraine needs to defend against Russia’s unprovoked war,” Blinken said in a Twitter post. He also reaffirmed Washington’s “unwavering and enduring” support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Adding details, Kuleba said the United States had agreed to deliver more weapons and supplies to Ukraine in the coming days. In addition, Kyiv has also agreed to collaborate to ensure that food grains from Ukraine can reach African and Asian countries to mitigate the imminent risk of a global food crisis. It is pertinent to note that the United States House of Representatives has approved an additional $40 billion aid package for Ukraine and its neighboring countries helping the beleaguered ex-Soviet country amid the crisis. However, the proposal has not yet been adopted by the Senate. If passed, US aid to Ukraine in 2022 will amount to $53 billion.

(Picture: AP)

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