Zelensky rips apart EU for missing shot that could’ve ‘ended war’ with Russia in days

Zelensky urges West to do more on sanctions and military aid

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Mr Zelensky has demanded that the EU issue a complete ban on the purchase of Russian oil and gas, which is currently being used to fund Putin’s war effort in Ukraine. Energy is Russia’s biggest export, is one of the only commodities left broadly untouched by EU sanctions so far.

The biggest reason for this is that the EU is heavily reliant on Russia for its energy supply, as Moscow provides the bloc with about 40 percent of its gas.

Speaking to the Economist, the Ukrainian President issued a scary warning, saying that the bloc may wait for Putin to use chemical weapons on Russia before sanctioning Russian energy.

He said: “The first thing is to put yourselves in our place and act pre-emptively.

“We are hearing that the decision depends on whether Russia launches a chemical attack on us.

“This is not the right approach. We are not guinea pigs.”

Despite publishing an energy strategy detailing how the bloc will scupper energy ties with Putin, the EU has still yet to follow the UK and the US in sanctioning Russian oil.

Politico reports that some diplomats have hinted at the possibility that oil will be sanctioned but gas left off the table as this would be less damaging for the EU’s economy.

Germany, one of the most reliant of the bunch as Russia supplies around 40 percent of its gas imports, is reportedly pushing back against the calls for energy sanctions.

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki previously said: “Fully cutting off Russia’s trade would further force Russia to consider whether it would be better to stop this cruel war.”

Germany, the bloc’s largest economy, has come under increasing pressure from countries like Poland to stop all energy imports from Russia.

However, Berlin has refused these calls, with Vice-Chancellor Robert Habeck warning that it’s “still too early” for a complete ban on Russian energy.

EU leaders know just how important the energy exports are for Russia, as a top bloc diplomat reassures that Putin won’t cut gas supplies.

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Speaking to EFE, Joseph Borrell, the EU’s top diplomat noted that Russia “needs to sell its oil and gas” and hence would not cut supplies to Europe.

He noted that Moscow makes “a considerable amount of financial resources it needs” from the sale of fossil fuels, “because the sanctions have blocked the assets that the Russian Central Bank has in American, European and Japanese banks”.

However, he acknowledged that Russia still “has many (other assets) in China and in other countries where we cannot act”.

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