Ukraine: EU struggles to find unity on Russian oil embargo
12 May 2022 | 10:53 am
The 27 EU member states are deliberating a gradual ban on Russian oil imports. Some countries, such as Hungary, Slovakia and Cyprus, are concerned about the repercussions of such a move on their economies.
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