EU’s sanctions on Russia weigh on own economy

EU’s sanctions on Russia weigh on own economy

EU’s sanctions on Russia weigh on own economy

EU’s sanctions on Russia weigh on own economy (Credit: Google)

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  • The 27-country EU relies on Russia for 30 percent of its oil consumption.
  • The inflation in the euro area hit another historical high of 8.1 percent in May.
  • Inflation in the EU could reach 6.8 percent in 2022.: European Commission.
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The EU adopted the sixth set of sanctions against Russia on Friday, with the goal of eliminating nearly 90 percent of Russian oil imports into the bloc by the end of the year.

By focusing on Russia’s oil exports, the EU is attempting to wean itself off oil supplies from its single largest energy supplier, a move that will exacerbate already-rising inflation and jeopardize the EU’s fragile economic growth.

OIL EMBARGO

After a special summit held here, EU leaders agreed on Monday night to ban “more than two thirds” of Russian oil imports to the bloc, President of the European Council Charles Michel tweeted, referring to the move as a maximum pressure on Russia to end the ongoing conflict.

According to the measures, imports of crude oil from Russia to the EU by sea will be banned in six months while refined petroleum products will be phased out in eight months.

Deliveries of Russian crude via the Druzhba pipeline, one of the world’s longest oil pipeline which runs through Poland, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic, will be exempt from the embargo for an indefinite time, local news outlets reported. “Tonight #EUCO agreed a sixth package of sanctions. It will allow a ban on oil imports from #Russia.

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The sanctions will immediately impact 75% of Russian oil imports. And by the end of the year, 90% of the Russian oil imported in Europe will be banned,” Michel tweeted. WEIGH HEAVILY It is not an easy move for the EU to cut off the import of Russian oil.

The 27-country EU relies on Russia for 30 percent of its oil consumption. In 2021, the EU imported 51 billion U.S. dollars of crude oil and 24.6 billion dollars of refined products from Russia.

In spite of the intensified efforts of the EU countries to secure oil supplies from other countries, industry analysts say it will be nearly impossible for the EU to fill the gap if Russian oil is totally banned. Hungary, which imports 65 percent of its oil from Russia through pipelines, has asked for an exception from the ban along with Slovakia and the Czech Republic.

Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban said that the EU sanctions against Russia will wreak havoc on the country’s economy. Commenting on the proposal to ban Russian oil imports, Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission, said on May 4 that “finally, we now propose a ban on Russian oil. Let’s be clear: it will not be easy.”

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The latest sanctions have been seriously questioned by some analysts, especially at a time when high inflation is threatening the economic recovery in the EU. The inflation in the euro area hit another historical high of 8.1 percent in May, the statistical office of the EU announced recently.

High inflation has become a challenge for EU members, with inflation rates climbing to 7.9 percent in Germany, 5.8 percent in France, 7.3 percent in Italy, 8.5 percent in Spain in May. In a few other countries including Slovakia and Greece, the inflation went up over 10 percent in April.

According to the European Commission, inflation in the EU could reach 6.8 percent in 2022. Stubbornly high inflation puts pressure on the European Central Bank (ECB) to tighten monetary policy in order to contain price increases.

The market is expecting the ECB to raise interest rates in July. The ECB previously warned that rising prices, primarily due to rising energy prices and disrupted supply chains, would be difficult to contain by raising interest rates. Enditem

Read more: Sanctions against Russia are expected to cost Germany 5 billion euros each year

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