Germany’s position on Russian oil supplies has not changed, and Berlin will not be able to immediately abandon it. This was announced on March 21 by the representative of the Cabinet of Ministers of the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) Stefan Hebestright, answering the question whether the European Union can impose a embargo on Russian oil.
“The government, as before, is convinced that it can not give up oil exports and imports,” he said. “This is the position of the federal government, and as far as I know, nothing has changed,” he added. Earlier, German government officials said they were working to reduce energy dependence on Russia, but could not give up on Russia immediately. On March 21, Reuters quoted diplomatic sources as saying that the European Union was working on a fifth package of sanctions against Russia over the events in Ukraine.
In particular, EU diplomats told the agency that the Baltic states, including Lithuania, insist on imposing an oil embargo on Moscow. And Germany warns of hasty steps, as energy prices in Europe are high. A scheduled meeting of EU foreign and defense ministers is taking place in Brussels on March 21, with the main topic being the situation in Ukraine. There, EU foreign policy chief Joseph Borrell will present to the ministers his analysis of possible scenarios for the development of the conflict, TASS reported.