February 3, 2023

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The European Parliament voted for an immediate embargo of oil and gas from Russia

Against the background of the killings of civilians in Bucha, the European Parliament voted today for a resolution in which deputies advocated an immediate embargo on the import of gas, oil, coal and nuclear fuel from the Russian Federation.

In a document adopted on Thursday 7 April, the European Parliament called on the Council EU impose additional sanctions against Russia. 513 MEPs voted in favor of the resolution, 22 MPs were against, 19 abstained. DW.

Formally, the resolution is dedicated to the results of the EU summit, but its main topic was the sanctions against the Russian Federation. MEPs stressed that it is necessary to bring to justice those who directly committed war crimes, as well as high-ranking officials and officers. The resolution notes:

“The Council of the EU should adopt further tough sanctions that would be in line with the ongoing escalation of Russian aggression and the shocking atrocities committed by the Russian army, which are, without a doubt, war crimes. The European Parliament calls for an immediate and complete embargo on the import of Russian oil, coal, nuclear fuel and gas , completely abandon Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2, and also present a plan to ensure the security of energy supplies to the EU in the short term.”

The resolution also advocates for a number of other restrictions, in particular, for disconnecting all Russian banks from the SWIFT financial transfer messaging system.

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