Ukraine: EU ministers to discuss Russian gas and sanctions

BRUSSELS –

European Union energy ministers will meet on Monday to discuss Russia’s decision to cut off gas supplies to Bulgaria and Poland, and debate planned new sanctions over Moscow’s war on Russia. ‘Ukraine.

The 27-nation bloc has imposed five rounds of sanctions on Russian officials, oligarchs, banks, businesses and other organizations since Russian troops invaded Ukraine in February.

The European Commission is working on a sixth round of measures that could include oil restrictions, but Russia-dependent countries like Hungary and Slovakia are reluctant to take harsh action.

The EU executive could announce new sanctions proposals later this week. The measures should be approved by member countries; a process that can take several days.

Energy ministers will also discuss what action to take if Russia steps up its pressure by cutting gas supplies to other countries.

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