U.S. President Joe Biden bans U.S. imports of Russian oil and gas.

The Unit­ed States is ban­ning all oil and gas imports from Rus­sia, U.S. Pres­i­dent Joe Biden announced, in an effort to pres­sure Russ­ian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin to end the war in Ukraine.

Speak­ing at the White House on Tues­day morn­ing, Biden said the deci­sion was aimed at “the main artery of the Russ­ian economy.”

“We are ban­ning all imports of Russ­ian oil, gas and ener­gy. This means that Russ­ian oil will no longer be accept­able at U.S. ports and the Amer­i­can peo­ple will deal anoth­er pow­er­ful blow to Putin’s war machine,” he told reporters.

Ukrain­ian advo­cates and lead­ers have called on the U.S. and its Euro­pean allies to sanc­tion Rus­si­a’s oil and gas sec­tor in response to the coun­try’s Feb. 24 inva­sion of Ukraine, which dev­as­tat­ed major cities and forced two mil­lion peo­ple to flee the country.

West­ern coun­tries, par­tic­u­lar­ly Euro­pean coun­tries that rely on Russ­ian oil and gas for much of their ener­gy needs, have been hes­i­tant, fear­ing that a ban would cut them off from much-need­ed sup­plies and send prices soaring.

The U.S. is not heav­i­ly depen­dent on Rus­sia for ener­gy sup­plies, import­ing an aver­age of 209,000 bar­rels of crude oil per day in 2021 — or 3% of the coun­try’s total crude imports, accord­ing to the U.S. Fuel and Petro­chem­i­cal Man­u­fac­tur­ers Asso­ci­a­tion (AFPM). .

Europe is more depen­dent on Russ­ian ener­gy sup­plies, with about 35% of the Euro­pean Union’s nat­ur­al gas com­ing from Russia.

Biden acknowl­edged as much Tues­day, say­ing the U.S. under­stands that many of its Euro­pean allies “may not be able” to impose a sim­i­lar ban. “The Unit­ed States pro­duces far more oil domes­ti­cal­ly than all the Euro­pean coun­tries com­bined,” the U.S. pres­i­dent said.

“We can take this step where oth­ers can­not, but we are work­ing close­ly with Europe and our part­ners to devel­op a long-term strat­e­gy to also reduce their depen­dence on Russ­ian energy.”

On Mon­day, a senior Russ­ian offi­cial said there would be “cat­a­stroph­ic” fall­out from a West­ern ban on Russ­ian oil imports. Russ­ian Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Alexan­der Novak said the move could more than dou­ble the price of oil to around $300 a barrel.

But calls have been grow­ing to hit Rus­si­a’s prof­itable oil and gas sec­tor in an effort to stop the blood­shed in Ukraine.

On Tues­day, the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion said the war “demon­strates the urgency of accel­er­at­ing our tran­si­tion to clean ener­gy,” announc­ing plans to increase the EU’s ener­gy inde­pen­dence while reduc­ing its depen­dence on Russ­ian supplies.

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