| 23 February 2024, Friday |

EU may allow Slovakia, Hungary to buy Russian oil: Report

The European block is considering a ban on buying Russian oil and is set to finalise sanctions against Russia amid the Ukraine war, while sparing Slovakia and Hungary from the related embargo, Newswire Reuters reported

Both Hungary and Slovakia are heavily dependent on Russian oil. Reports claim both countries may be offered an exemption on buying Russian oil.
Russia had earlier halted gas supply to Poland and Bulgaria as the Kremlin said the two European countries were not making payments in roubles.

Germany which is Europe’s top buyer of Russian oil has reduced its import quota in order to ensure energy security as German economy ministry said the transitional period avaliable for the country would be “manageable”.
Slovakia and Hungary reportedly use a major portion of Russian oil being sent to Europe. Several European countries have been finding ways to walk away from dependency on Russian oil with Italy declaring that it would end its dependency on Russia by the middle of next year.

The Greek government had said earlier that it could develop its own hub and supply to Balkan countries. Lithuania was the first country to stop taking Russian gas as the Ukraine war broke out.

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