Nearly two days after the European Union (EU) imposed a ban on Russian oil, Serbian oil and gas multinational Naftna Industrija Srbije (NIS) said it could not receive crude oil through the Jadranski naftovod oil pipeline (JANAF). Responding to a question, the Ministry of Mines and Energy said that Serbia was not the only European country affected by the new EU sanctions package, but that several countries were facing similar challenges. . However, the ministry said it was making every effort to ensure a secure supply.

“The new sanctions package prohibits the supply of Russian crude oil through any port, by sea, and NIS is supplied with crude oil which is delivered by tankers to the port of Omisalj (in Croatia). This means that there is no possibility of delivering more Russian crude oil to the Pancevo refinery,” Rs.n1info quoted the ministry as saying.

“The NIS could import all other types of crude oil except Russian oil, as it had already imported oil from Iraq and some other countries in the previous period,” he added.

EU sanctions against Russian energy

Notably, the EU imposed new sanctions on Russian energy and the country’s largest bank, Sberbank, in retaliation for Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.

“We have just adopted our 6th package of tough sanctions against Russia and we will keep the pressure on. Europe will support Ukraine for as long as it takes, with all possible financial, technical and humanitarian assistance. We will help rebuild, reform and modernise,” European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said following the historic EU decision. Earlier in April, he imposed similar sanctions on Russian coal, worth 4 billion euros ($4.39 billion) a year.

Russia–Ukraine War

It is relevant to mention here that Russia launched a full-fledged war against Ukraine almost two days after Vladimir Putin signed a decree recognizing the independence of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions on February 24. Since then, it has bombed several cities in Ukraine. , leading to the death of thousands of civilians and the loss of infrastructure.

Earlier on Tuesday, the speaker of the Moscow parliament said Russia was ready to hold negotiations with Kyiv to restore peace in the region. She said the Putin administration was open to talks with Ukraine and signing agreements that would lead to peace. She said the Russian government was ready to resolve the issue diplomatically and added that a will for this was needed on both sides. However, she claimed that the Zelenskyy administration had shown no interest in solving the problem.

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