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BRUSSELS, April 4 (Reuters) – The European Union have to work toward cutting all economic ties with Russia over its “prison” war in Ukraine, German Finance Minister Christian Lindner claimed on Monday, but forged doubt over an rapid embargo on Russian gas imports.
“We are dealing with a felony war,” Lindner in Brussels ahead of talks with his EU colleagues. “It is obvious we should finish as rapidly as probable all economic ties to Russia. Gasoline can not be substituted in the limited time period.”
He mentioned that all options have been on the table and that an encompassing ban on all Russian power imports would inflict much more economic damage on EU member states than on Russia.
Thus the EU need to seem individually at the risk of banning oil, coal or gasoline, which can be replaced at different speeds.
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