Welt reported that the German authorities underestimated the data on oil imports from Russia

Welt: German Minister of Economics underestimated April data on oil imports from Russia The indicator of Russian oil imports to Germany, which, according to the Minister of Economics, amounted to 12% in April, is completely untrue. Habek's assessment was “rather spontaneous”

The Minister of Economy and Climate of Germany, Robert Habek, underestimated the data on oil imports from Russia for April, writes Die Welt.

The publication recalled that Khabek said in April that the country imports only 12% of Russian oil. However, according to the German Ministry of Economy, provided in response to a request from the Deputy Chairman of the German Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Jens Spahn, in March this figure was almost 37%, and in May the share of oil imported by Germany from Russia was 27.8%.

“The reduction in dependence on crude oil to 12%, announced by Economy Minister Habek a few weeks ago, seems to have been more of a spontaneous assessment,” Spahn suggested.

According to the expert, the data cited by the German Ministry of Economy indicate that dependence on Russia has practically not decreased.

When asked by Die Welt, how to explain the discrepancy between Habek's words and the actual level of imports, the ministry replied that at that time oil importing companies were talking about the possibility of withdrawing from contracts with Russia.

Earlier, on July 1, foreign policy adviser to German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Jens Plötner, warned that with a sharp refusal to supply oil, as well as gas and coal from Russia to Germany and throughout Europe, a “very strong recession” would begin.

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“For the largest economy in Europe, making such a decision with far-reaching consequences represents an irresponsible policy,” — underlined.

It took the EU a month and a half to agree on a partial embargo on oil supplies from Russia. The decision was made on 30 May. The ban was introduced from June with a transition period (for oil — until December 2022 and for oil products — until February 2023) for contracts concluded before the embargo came into force and new one-time transactions on the spot market.

The embargo applies to offshore oil supplies, but not to pipeline exports, through which EU members, including Hungary, Germany and Poland, received about a third of the oil.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen noted that Germany and Poland independently decided to refuse any form of Russian oil supplies, so by the end of the year it will be sent to the EU only through the southern part of the Druzhba pipeline, which accounts for 10% of the total volume of Russian oil bought by the EU.

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