EU Leaders Agree on Partial Ban of Russian Oil Imports

In another blow to Russia, the European Union has agreed on a partial ban of Russian oil imports. According to a Tweet from European Council Chief Charles Michel, “this immediately covers more than 2/3 of oil imports from Russia, cutting a huge source of financing for its war machine.” Michel’s announcement comes after the union met yesterday in Brussels to discuss a sixth passage of sanctions. Also included in that package is “De-swifting the largest Russian bank Sberbank, banning 3 more Russian state-owned broadcasters, and sanctioning individuals responsible for war crimes in Ukraine.” The EU also agreed to ban 90% of Russian oil imports by the end of the year. EU leaders will meet again in Brussels today to discuss the bloc’s response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.