Today’s EU summit… Is there a ‘last-minute agreement’ on Russia’s crude oil ban?

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“Considering even the postponement of the 6th sanctions against Russia”

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban at the EU summit in October 2021

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(Seoul = Yonhap News) Reporter Hwang Chul-hwan = Ambassadors of 27 EU member states are at the last minute to draw up the 6th sanctions plan, including a phased embargo on Russian crude oil, ahead of the EU summit to be held on the 30th and 31st local time. trying to reach an agreement.

A compromise was even proposed to make Hungary an exception, which is a de facto exception to the embargo on crude oil. However, it is unclear whether an agreement will be reached before the summit as there is a backlash that it is against equity.

AFP news agency, citing diplomatic sources on the 29th (local time), said that working-level officials from EU member states participating in the negotiations on the 6th sanctions against Russia discussed a compromise that would exclude Russian crude oil supplied to Europe through the Druzhva pipeline from sanctions on the 29th (local time). told

The plan is to impose sanctions on only Russian crude oil that is loaded onto tankers and imported into the sea.

The Druzva pipeline, which runs from Russia through Belarus to Poland, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic, is a passage through which the EU supplies about a third of the crude oil it buys from Russia. The other two-thirds have been imported by sea.

An EU official said crude supplied through the Druzhva pipeline would be removed from sanctions “for the time being”.

Such a compromise was proposed by France, the EU itinerant presidency, and the European Commission, the executive branch of the EU.

This is because Hungary, which is a landlocked country and cannot import crude oil by sea, does not bend its position that it is impossible to impose a gradual embargo on Russian crude oil, despite a proposal to defer the enforcement for two more years than other member states.

Hungary’s dependence on Russian oil reaches 65%.

Druzva oil pipeline through Hungary
Druzva oil pipeline through Hungary

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Earlier this month, the European Commission proposed a sixth sanctions plan, including a phasing out of imports of Russian crude oil for the next six months and a ban on imports of petroleum products by January next year. is not

Hungary’s position is that the EU should provide the EU with a fund of 800 million euros (about 1.7 trillion won) to extend the grace period to at least four years, expand alternative supply chains, and supplement refinery facilities accordingly.

Slovakia and the Czech Republic, which are in a similar position, have agreed to a two-and-a-half-year grace period in their respective countries, a diplomatic source said.

However, even after a compromise was reached to exclude the Druzeba pipeline from sanctions, EU member states are not able to easily resolve their differences.

An EU official said that despite ‘difficult and complex discussions’, the disagreement could not be resolved. Another official said that if the contents of the compromise plan, the question was raised whether member countries would not be able to share the burden equally.

The EU diplomat, unnamed, said he hopes to reach an agreement before the 30th summit, but at present it is unclear whether that will be possible. “He said.

In the end, it is said that the heads of state attending the summit may have to put their heads together to solve this problem.

EU member states are even said to be considering delaying the entire sixth round of sanctions against Russia until Hungary has a means of supplying crude oil to replace Russia’s, AFP news agency reported.

hwangch@yna.co.kr

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