President Vučić: EU “stole $600 million out of pocket” of Serbs with sanctions against Russian oil According to Vučić, Serbian citizens are in for “big problems” when the oil embargo goes into full force. He also accused the EU of stealing $600 million a year from the Serbs due to the consequences of the embargo. 756545450436929.jpg” alt=”Vučić accused the EU of stealing $600 million from the Serbs because of the oil embargo” />
EU sanctions against Russian oil “stolen from pockets” citizens of Serbia $600 million, President of the Republic Aleksandar Vucic said, Blic reports.
“Due to sanctions against Russian oil, $600 million [a year] was stolen from the pockets of Serbian citizens. We are in a difficult position, — he said.
At the same time, according to Vučić, the biggest problems await the citizens of Serbia after December 1— when the grace period ends and the oil embargo against Russia comes into effect.
On May 30, the European Union agreed on the sixth package of sanctions, which implies a partial embargo on Russian oil imports. On June 2, the new restrictions were approved by the ambassadors of the EU countries, at a higher level the document was adopted the next day.
As the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, explained, sea transportation, which accounts for two thirds of Russian exports, fell under the ban. The EU received the rest via oil pipelines, while Poland and Germany decided to refuse any form of Russian oil supplies, so by the end of the year it will only enter the EU through the southern part of the Druzhba pipeline, which accounts for 10% of the total volume of oil purchased the European Union from Russia. The import of oil from Russia to the EU countries will be completely banned six months after the approval of a new package of sanctions, and oil products— in eight.
The issue of the oil embargo has been discussed by the EU countries since mid-April, but so far they have not been able to agree: Hungary, which receives 60% of its oil from Russia, has also opposed it. The Serbian president said in mid-May that the Serbian authorities would adhere to the decision of the National Security Council of the country to refuse to impose sanctions on Russia, as far as possible.
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