EU to increase energy sanctions against Russia

The European Union is considering a ban on all coal imports from Russia in what would be the first sanctions targeting Moscow’s lucrative energy income for its war in Ukraine.

“Today we are proposing a 5th package of sanctions. To take a clear stand is crucial for the whole world,” The EU Commission said in a Twitter post. “A clear stand against Putin’s war of choice. Against the massacre of civilians.”

Europe is determined to increase sanctions against Russia amid emerging evidence of mass slayings of Ukrainian civilians by invading Russian forces, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said Tuesday. Le Maire said there is a “total determination” from all 27 European Union countries for more severe sanctions targeting oil and coal. 

Europe’s dependence on Russian oil, natural gas and coal had left energy sanctions off the table amid fears the entire continent could plunge into recession. 

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