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kyiv asks NATO for more weapons and a total oil embargo

Ukraine has urged NATO to provide more weapons as it seeks to defend itself against further Russian aggression.

Members of the NATO military alliance have been supplying arms to kyiv since Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine in February. The United States, for example, provided anti-aircraft Stingers, thousands of anti-tank weapons and millions of munitions.

However, for Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, this is not enough.

“My agenda is very simple. It only has three points. It’s guns, guns and guns,” Kuleba said upon arriving in Brussels, Belgium, for a meeting with members of the NATO.

“Over the past months, over the past weeks, the Ukrainian military and the entire Ukrainian nation have demonstrated that we know how to fight. We know how to win. But without a sustainable and sufficient supply of all weapons demanded by Ukraine, these victories will come with enormous sacrifices,” he added.

The Czech Republic became the first NATO member earlier this week to announce the deployment of tanks to Ukraine.

Ukraine’s request for more practical aid comes at a crucial time in the war.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Wednesday that Russia was moving forces from northern Ukraine to reinforce them and move them east.

“President Putin’s goal is to try to control the whole of Donbass and to establish a land bridge… We have not seen any indication that President Putin has changed his ambition to control the whole of Donbass. Ukraine and also to rewrite the international order,” he added. noted.

“We have to be ready for the long term.”

Energy penalties

Thursday’s talks at NATO headquarters come as the EU debates if and when the bloc will introduce a ban on Russian oil.

The issue of Russian energy sanctions is a contentious issue for Europe, which is highly dependent on Moscow for its gas, oil and, to a lesser extent, coal.

The 27-member bloc moved this week to halt imports of Russian coal in response to growing evidence of atrocities committed by Russian forces.

An EU official, who did not wish to be named due to the sensitivity of the talks, said it should take effect from August.

Now, however, there is growing momentum behind a potential Russian oil ban.

“We are working on additional sanctions, including on oil imports, and we are considering some of the ideas presented by member states, such as taxes or specific payment channels like an escrow account,” said Ursula von der Leyen. , President of the European Commission, said on Tuesday.

EU foreign ministers will debate an oil ban next Monday. There must be a consensus among the 27 member states to move forward with new sanctions.

More than 19% of EU coal imports came from Russia in 2020, according to official EU statistics. By contrast, 36.5% of its oil imports came from Russia, as did 41.1% of its gas imports.


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