EU countries likely to reach agreement this week on European Commission proposal to ban oil imports from Russiaassessed today the Minister of European Affairs of France Clement Bon.
“I think we can reach an agreement this week,” Bonn told LCI television, adding that French President Emmanuel Macron would hold talks with Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban later today.
THE Commission Last week, it proposed a tougher package of sanctions against Moscow over its invasion of Ukraine, but several countries opposed it, worrying about the impact of the embargo on Russian oil imports.
Some Eastern European countries, members of the EU, are worried that a freeze on imports will not give them enough time to adjust, although diplomats have said Hungary and Slovakia will have time by the end of 2023.
Hungary is the fiercest opponent of this planned embargo.
However, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Monday that she had made progress in her talks with Orban on the issue.