The European Commission's proposal for the sixth package of sanctions with the oil embargo on russia over the war it has waged against Ukraine will be supported by all European Union member states, the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, stated in an Interfax-Ukraine interview.
"I can assure you that I am working very hard with my team and my colleagues to make sure that we can in a very short time take a united stand on the proposal put forward by the Commission," he said.
According to the President of the European Council, in the past, there were concerns that EU countries would not be united on the issue of the sanctions against russia.
"At the same time, we systematically managed to take a united position. And, of course, it required some negotiations and discussions because we need the support of 27 governments. A few weeks ago, I publicly stated in the European Parliament that sooner or later, oil and gas would be sanctioned. The Commission has put sanctions proposals on the table, but it is the governments, the Council, that make the decisions," Charles Michel said.
Earlier, Zoltán Kovács, the spokesman of Hungarian President Viktor Orbán, said that Hungary will not agree to the EU plan to impose an embargo on russian oil imports in its current form as “it contradicts the Hungarian national energy security.”