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Slovak economy minister says Slovakia cannot do without Russian oil

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Slovak Economy Minister Richard Sulik said Slovakia seeks exclusive rights in the event of a possible European Union (EU) ban on gas and oil imports from Russia.

Sulik, who is also the Deputy Prime Minister of Slovakia, emphasized that such an exception would be very important in a video he released on Monday after the extraordinary meeting of the energy ministers of the European Union. Slovak media covered the minister’s statement today.

Sulik stressed that Slovakia could not do without Russian oil.

For example, the Slovnaft refinery, which is part of the Hungarian-owned company MOL, will need several years to phase out Russian oil.

“So we absolutely insist on such an exemption,” Sulik said.

Slovakia currently gets almost 100% of its oil and 80% of its natural gas from Russia.

Hungary, which is heavily dependent on Russian energy resources, also seeks exemption in case of a possible Russian oil embargo.

The European Commission (EC) is expected to present a new round of sanctions against Russia on Wednesday.

Source: Tv Net

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