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MNI: EU Officials See Ban On Russian Gas Closer

(MNI) Brussels

Any ban on Russian gas imports should be decided before the summer, officials say.

The European Union could move closer to extending sanctions to Russian oil and even natural gas in coming weeks, EU officials told MNI, adding that German opposition to such a move is likely to eventually cede but that if there is to be an import ban on gas it would have to be in place before the summer.

With coal included in the latest sanctions package due to be concluded this week, an oil and gas embargo could come if further news of alleged Russian war crimes outrages public opinion and prompts what could be a quick shift in the German position, the officials said. An embargo on gas would be harder to impose after the warmer months, when homes and workplaces do not require heating, they said.

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The European Union could move closer to extending sanctions to Russian oil and even natural gas in coming weeks, EU officials told MNI, adding that German opposition to such a move is likely to eventually cede but that if there is to be an import ban on gas it would have to be in place before the summer.

With coal included in the latest sanctions package due to be concluded this week, an oil and gas embargo could come if further news of alleged Russian war crimes outrages public opinion and prompts what could be a quick shift in the German position, the officials said. An embargo on gas would be harder to impose after the warmer months, when homes and workplaces do not require heating, they said.

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