The Application of Embargoes on Russian Oil and Gas by EU Countries is a Problem of Sanctions Policy

April 08, 2022

Despite the West’s infernal sanctions against Russia in response to its invasion of Ukraine, the embargo on oil and gas remains a serious issue. Without addressing it, Russia will still have a sufficient economic base to continue the war. In particular, for 40 days of aggression, Russian energy companies received 34 billion euros from EU countries, while military assistance to Ukraine from the European Union amounted to only about 1 billion euros.

Volodymyr Omelchenko

Director, Energy Programmes

Born in 1967 in Kyiv

Education: Kyiv Politechnic Institute, Department of Chemical Engineering (1992)

Author of over 50 scientific works and op-ed publications. Took part in development and implementation of international energy projects and scientific research in international energy policy


1992 – 1996 — worked in different positions in the mechanical engineering industry

1997 – 1998 — Head Expert of the Division of Oil, Gas and Petroleum Refining Industry of the Ministry of Economy of Ukraine

1998 – 2003 — Naftohaz Ukrayiny National Joint-Stock Company, in Charge of Oil Transportation Section

2004 – 2007 — Chief Consultant at the National Institute of International Security Problems of Ukraine’s NSDC

since February, 2007 — Leading Expert, Razumkov Centre. Director of Energy Programmes since 2013

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