The oil market was up on Wednesday, with Brent crude selling at $109.06 per barrel, a rate last seen a day before April ended, as the European Union President, Ursula von der Leyen, proposes a total ban on Russian oil.
Ripples Nigeria previously reported that the European continent is heavily dependent on Russian oil, which accounts for 25% of the commodity imported by countries in the region.
And following the invasion of Ukraine by Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia, EU has been cautious regarding the sanctions implemented against Kremlin, to avoid collision on oil deals.
However, after Russia demanded its trade partners purchase its oil in the country’s currency, Ruble, or get disconnected from their oil pipeline, the EU President has responded by offering to pull Russia’s oil plug from the continent.
Following the announcement on Wednesday during a speech to the EU parliament, the price of crude oil rose to $109.06 per barrel during the day, appreciating by 2.82% from Tuesday’s $106.06.
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Although the ban hasn’t taken effect, with 27 members of EU meant to voted unanimously for the proposal to become law. However, two countries, Hungary and Slovakia, are expected to except themselves from the restriction, as their reliance on Russian oil is more significant compared to fellow nations.
von der Leyen is proposing the deal take effect in six months time, but…
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