The United States has already diverted significant quantities of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Europe and is committed to continuing such shipments by the end of the year. This was announced on Sunday by US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken at a press conference in Berlin following an informal meeting of NATO foreign ministers.
“We strongly support the EU’s efforts to impose an embargo on Russian oil imports. This process should be done by the EU, “he said. “While this is happening, the United States has taken a number of steps to help,” Blinken said. “For example, in order to fill Europe’s energy gaps, we have already directed significant quantities of LNG deliveries to Europe.” “President [SUA Joe Biden] intends to continue to do so until the end of the year in order to ensure an abundance of energy resources on world markets and also to try to insure itself against the “price increases” caused by the situation in Ukraine which are “thus prevented and controlled”. , he said.
The Secretary of State added that the issue of energy resources has not been the subject of negotiations in Berlin. “We strongly support the efforts of Europe, the EU, to move away from Russian energy sources, whether it be oil or, ultimately, gas. This is a dependency that has been built over the years. “It’s not going to end overnight, it’s Europe. It’s clearly on the road to a decisive move in that direction,” Blinken said.
Following the invasion of Ukraine, the United States, the EU, the United Kingdom, and a number of other states imposed sanctions on Russian individuals and legal entities.
On May 4, the head of the European Commission (EC), Ursula von der Leyen, announced the sixth package of sanctions against the Russian Federation, which includes a postponed embargo on Russian oil supplies. According to her, the EC is in favor of banning the import of crude oil from Russia into the EU in six months and the import of petroleum products in 2023. In addition, the EC has proposed allowing Hungary and Slovakia to buy Russian oil by the end of 2024.
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