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G7 members seek to cap Russian oil price — German official

  • 26 Jun 2022

German official said the G7 was also discussing the need to combine ambitious climate goals with the need for some countries to explore new gas fields.

Pipes at the landfall facilities of the 'Nord Stream 2' gas pipeline are pictured in Lubmin, northern Germany, on Feb. 15, 2022. ( AP )

Leaders of the Group of Seven are having "very constructive" discussions on a possible cap on Russian oil imports, a German government official said Saturday shortly before the start of the annual three-day G7 summit.

The proposal is part of broader G7 discussions on how to further crank up the pressure on the Kremlin over its incursion into Ukraine without stoking global inflationary pressures.

The Ukraine conflict, energy and food shortages and the darkening global economic outlook are expected to dominate the agenda of the summit that is taking place this year in Schloss Elmau, an alpine castle resort in southern Germany.

The United States, Canada and Britain have already banned imports of Russian oil while European Union leaders have agreed an embargo that will take full effect by the end of 2022 as part of sanctions on the Kremlin over its attacks on Ukraine.

READ MORE: Germany raises gas alert as Russia cuts supply

'Good path on reaching agreement'

With energy prices soaring though, the West fears such embargoes will not actually put a dent in Russia's war chest as the country earns more from exports even as volumes fall.

A price cap could solve that dilemma, while also avoiding further restricting oil supply and fueling inflation, officials say, but for it to work, it requires buy-in from heavy importers like India and China.

"We are on a good path to reach an agreement," the official said.

The official said the G7 was also discussing the need to combine ambitious climate goals with the need for some countries to explore new gas fields as Europe rushed to wean itself off Russian gas imports.

READ MORE: Europe may shift back to coal as Russia turns down gas flows

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