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Hungary’s PM Breaks with European Union, Says He’ll Pay for Russian Gas in Rubles

HeadlineApr 07, 2022

In Hungary, newly reelected authoritarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said Wednesday he will pay for Russian gas in rubles — breaking ranks with other European Union countries. EU leaders say they’re preparing an import ban on Russian coal, but sources told Reuters that plan will be pushed back to mid-August. Meanwhile, EU members continue to purchase vast amounts of Russian oil and gas, at a cost of about $38 billion since Russia invaded Ukraine in late February. On Wednesday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called for an international embargo on Russian oil, saying inaction was funding Putin’s war effort and costing lives.

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