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Habeck Says Germany to Wean Itself Off Russian Coal, Oil in 2022

Robert Habeck, co-leader of the Green Party.

Robert Habeck, co-leader of the Green Party.

Photographer: Liesa Johannssen-Koppitz/Bloomberg

Germany’s reliance on Russia for most of its coal and oil can stop by the end of the year if government measures work out as planned, Economy Minister Robert Habeck said in an interview with Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung. 

But an immediate ban on all energy imports from Russia, including gas, would cause unacceptable hardships for people in Germany and its economy, he said.