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EU Spares Pipeline Oil From Russian Embargo Plan to Break Logjam

  • EU ambassadors could discuss the revised package on Sunday
  • The bloc’s leaders are set to meet in Brussels Monday
An oil tanker at a fuel storage facility in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

An oil tanker at a fuel storage facility in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Photographer: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg

The European Union proposed banning seaborne oil from Russia while delaying restrictions on imports from a key pipeline in an effort to satisfy Hungarian objections and clinch an agreement on a stalled sanctions package that would target Moscow for its war in Ukraine. 

The European Commission, the EU’s executive arm, sent a revised proposal to national governments on Saturday that would spare shipments of oil through the giant Druzhba pipeline, which is Hungary’s main source of crude imports, according to people familiar with the matter.