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EU Push for Partial Russian Oil Ban Delayed by Hungary’s Demands

  • Budapest is seeking more exemptions to proposed sanctions
  • Bloc’s ambassadors may discuss the package again on Thursday
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban

Photographer: Valeria Mongelli/Bloomberg
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European Union efforts to approve a partial ban on Russian oil imports hit an obstacle after Hungary raised new or already rejected demands, further slowing a push to clinch a deal, according to people familiar with the negotiations. 

EU ambassadors may meet again on Thursday in Luxembourg to try to green light the bloc’s sixth sanctions package that would target Russia for its invasion of Ukraine, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the discussions are private.