EU summit unlikely to find solution on Russia oil embargo

EU summit unlikely to find solution on Russia oil embargo

European Union leaders are unlikely to strike a deal on an oil embargo against Russia at their summit on Monday and Tuesday, head of the bloc's executive Ursula von der Leyen said.

"I don't think the summit is the right place for that... We should not stare at the summit," she told Reuters on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on Tuesday. She added that negotiations with member states were ongoing.

Von der Leyen's Commission has proposed phasing out Russian oil imports by the end of the year in most EU member states, while Hungary and others could be given more time.

Von der Leyen said the negotiations were mainly focusing on working out details now: "I don't think that this will be a topic at the Council that will be decided there".

She was echoed by an EU official. "There is no way that such a technical subject could be negotiated by the heads of state and government at the summit," the official said.

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