Ursula von der Leyen on MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Monday. Screenshot of the video.
The head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, unexpectedly opposed an immediate complete ban on Russian oil supplies, noting that the European Union cannot impose it. She expressed this opinion in the program of the MSNBC TV channel.
According to the head of the EC, if the EU immediately approves a ban on the supply of Russian oil, Russian President Vladimir Putin “will probably be able to transfer the oil that he will not sell to the European Union to the world market, where prices will increase, and get a large sum for it.”
“This will fill his military coffers,” the head of the EC believes.
Ursula von der Leyen noted that Europe will completely abandon energy carriers from Russia “over time,” but did not explain when exactly this will happen.
Earlier, foreign media reported that Russia could receive a record $ 100 billion for gas supplies to Europe in 2022 due to a sharp rise in prices.
Recall that as part of the sixth package of sanctions against Russia, announced due to the Russian military special operation in Ukraine, the European Union intended to impose an embargo on the supply of Russian gas and oil, but could not reach agreement on this issue from all EU countries.