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EC spokesman says oil embargo still on the table

Szazadveg: Brussels oil embargo plan unpopular among public

Three-quarters of respondents would not support Hungary shutting off crude oil and natural gas deliveries from Russia under pressure from the US and the EU, while 21 percent would not oppose the measure, according to a fresh survey by the Szazadveg Foundation.

The foundation canvassed the views off 1,000 people in May regarding the economic consequences of the sanctions imposed on Russia in response to the war in Ukraine.

Rejection of the proposed phased embargo on Russian energy resources traversed “traditional party lines”, the survey said.

A majority (51 percent) of the sympathisers of the opposition alliance, 58 percent of the opposition Two-Tailed Dog party, and 91 percent of the radical Mi Hazank (Our Homeland) party opposed Hungary banning oil and gas deliveries from Russia.

“On the issue of the oil embargo, the ruling parties represent the opinion of the majority of opposition voters,” Szazadveg said.

Fully 89 percent of respondents said sanctions against Russia harmed the EU and its economy. Some 10 percent said the sanctions had no meaningful impact on the European economy, Szazadveg said.

EC spokesman says oil embargo still on the table

A spokesman for the European Commission has confirmed for news channel M1 that the European Union’s executive body is standing by its plan to introduce an embargo on Russian oil.

The public television broadcaster had asked for comment on a report by Politico early Friday suggesting the proposed oil embargo could be removed from the EU’s sixth sanctions package because of a possible veto by Hungary.

Hungary’s government has said it will support the embargo only if crude deliveries by pipeline are exempted.

Hungary gets most of its oil via pipeline from Russia, and the country’s main refinery is technically reliant on Russian crude.

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