Ukraine: Bruno Le Maire wants to “convince our European partners to stop importing Russian oil” – 04/19/2022 at 14:54

Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire. (Swimming pool / Tobis Schwarz)

“What is the number one source of foreign currency for Vladimir Putin for several years? It’s not gas, it’s oil,” Bruno Le Maire, Minister of Economy, estimated on antenna Europe 1 on Tuesday, April 19.

Moscow opens a new stage of its conquest of Ukraine, after its failure to capture the capital, Kyiv:

Russia launched a major offensive in the east of the country

According to President Volodymyr Zelensky. In recent weeks, the Russian military campaign has focused on the eastern Donbass region, which has been partly under the control of pro-Russian separatist forces since 2014.

In this context, Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire pointed to the need

“Stop importing oil from Russia” in order to “damage war financing,”

on set

European 1

This Tuesday, April 19. “We have always said with Emmanuel Macron that we want a coal embargo – it has been – and a ban on Russian oil. (…)

When you see what is happening in the Donbass,

He said that it is more necessary than ever to stop oil imports from Russia, and this is what the President of the Republic said weeks ago.

“This is what we promise,

I do not hide it. We are trying to persuade our European partners to stop importing oil from Russia. What is the first source of foreign currency for several years to the power of Vladimir Putin?

It’s not gas, it’s oil.”

Bruno Le Maire estimated.

In 2021, Moscow supplied 30% of crude oil and 15% of petroleum products purchased by the European Union. The offer that some European countries rely on in particular.

“The President of the Republic left no ambiguity in the matter, and we know very well that if we were not there, it is not because France does not want it, but because

Some European partners are still hesitating.

I hope that in the coming weeks we will be able to convince our European partners of the need to stop importing oil from Russia,” the minister expressed his hope.

Possible halt to black gold imports from Russia

It can take “months”,

But several European sources warned on Friday. “The adoption of measures on oil imposes

break current contracts,

To find alternatives and avoid circumvention. It won’t happen overnight. A European official involved in the talks said it would take at least several months.

On April 8, the European Union decided to stop its purchases of coal from Russia,

The ban, which will take effect at the beginning of August,

120 days after the publication of the new sanctions package in the Official Journal of the European Union.

“The second phase of the war has begun”

According to a senior US Defense Department official, Russia has beefed up its military presence in eastern and southern Ukraine with “eleven battalions” in one week, bringing the country’s total to 76 battalions.

For Andrech Yermak, Chief of Staff of President Zelensky, it is now clear that “the second phase of the war has begun.” “Trust the armed forces of Ukraine,” he said in Telegram. “It is hell.

The attack, which we’ve been talking about for weeks, has begun,”

Announced on Facebook the Ukrainian governor of the Lugansk region, Sergoyik Jaydych.

“There is fighting in Rubizny and Popasna, fighting continues in other peaceful towns,” he said, acknowledging that

Kremina was “unfortunately under the control of orcs”,

A derogatory title given to the Russian army. This city, which had a population of about 18,000 before the war, is located about fifty kilometers northeast of Kramatorsk, the Ukrainian capital of the Donbass coalfield.

At least four civilians were killed in Russian bombing while trying to escape from Kremena, Sergio Gaidai continued. However, Ukrainian presidential advisor Oleksiy Aristovich emphasized that “the Russian occupiers have not yet invaded Kremena” and that

There was “intense street fighting”.

Sergeevich Gaidich had just urged the residents to evacuate the Lugansk region.

For her part, Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Irina Vereshchuk asked Moscow to open humanitarian corridors in Berdyansk and Mariupol, especially in the Azovstal mineral complex, where there are fighters but “many Ukrainian civilians.” Your refusal to open these humanitarian corridors will serve in the future,

elements to prosecute all those involved in war crimes,

She said on Telegram.

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