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EU Divided Over Russian Oil Sanctions as Calls for Ban Grow

  • 27-member bloc hasn’t yet taken position on Russian oil ban
  • Scholz tries to put brakes on ban calls as pressure mounts
A central processing plant for oil and gas in Salym, Russia. 

A central processing plant for oil and gas in Salym, Russia. 

Source: Bloomberg

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European Union governments are divided over whether to join the U.S. in potentially banning Russian oil imports, as several member states push the option as a way to add pressure on President Vladimir Putin after his invasion of Ukraine.

EU ministers are discussing broadening sanctions to include restrictions on oil and petroleum product imports. But divisions have been laid bare with several nations, including Germany, opposing such an abrupt move, while member states including Poland push the 27-member bloc to target fossil fuels, according to people familiar with discussions taking place behind closed doors.