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Kuleba: Postponing oil embargo until end of 2023 or 2024 is wrong position

KYIV. May 6 (Interfax-Ukraine) – The position that the oil embargo should be postponed until the end of 2023 or the end of 2024 is wrong, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has said.

"We all know well that the oil embargo is a key issue of concern. Some countries are either opposed to the embargo as such or to be exempted from having to impose this embargo for as long as possible. Among these countries there are those who have done a lot for Ukraine, whom we greatly appreciate, love and understand their difficult situation. There is also a country there, which, unfortunately, is torpedoing the entire sixth sanctions package and the topic of the oil embargo to maintain its relations with Russia. No matter what country are we talking about, the very position of postponing the oil embargo until the end of 2023 or the end of 2024 is wrong," Kuleba said at a press conference with the foreign ministers of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia in Kyiv on Friday.

He said that the fastest and most complete oil embargo would help stop the war.

"Do not think about what will happen in 2023. We still have to live to see it, everything can still change there, think about what to do so that this war does not go further to Europe, so that we stop it in Ukraine, win and stop this Russian military machine. And to those who are still trying to play the role of a Trojan horse in the EU for the sake of relations with Russia and hide behind their energy interests, I can only say one thing: history will judge everyone and those who think that they are now on the right side of history, make sure that this is not so," Kuleba added.