Zelensky personally thanked Biden for banning Russian oil imports
In a tweet sent on Tuesday, the president of Ukraine Written: “Thank you for the personal leadership of the United States and @POTUS in striking the heart of Putin’s war machine and banning oil, gas, and coal from the US market.” He reiterated his appreciation in a video posted later in the day, speech: “The United States has taken a step that will significantly weaken the aggressors. It will make them pay for their aggression and be held accountable for the evil they have done. For all the evil… I am personally grateful to the President of the United States… for this decision. For this leadership. To have this strongest signal to the whole world. It is very simple: every penny paid to Russia turns into bullets and bullets that fly to other sovereign states.”
Just last week, the Biden administration said it did not want to sanction Russia’s oil industry. But Biden has come under great pressure from both Republican and Democratic lawmakers, as well as Zelensky – especially as Putin targets Ukrainian civilians. However, during his White House speech on Tuesday, Biden acknowledged that the move would lead to a significant increase in costs for American consumers. Republicans, despite campaigning for Biden to ban Russian oil imports, have, apparently, begun to attack Biden for this.
According to to the Washington Post, White House officials have “launched an effort to find out what the administration can do to get other authoritarian nations to increase their oil production,” considering tapping the Oil and Gas Reserve. Strategies and “reviving the discussion about reducing gas taxes to help ease Americans pressurize prices at pumps. (Republicans will certainly try and use any blowout against Biden during the midterms, selectively ignoring the fact that they also call for this ban.) also warned energy companies against “price gouging” and told them not to “exploit this situation or the American consumer”.
However, many argue that the ban is necessary to inflict pain on Putin. Even the former Secretary of the Treasury Larry Summers, who last year desperately wanted Democrats to cut their Covid-19 relief to avoid inflation, joined. “History will better remember what we did or didn’t do to fight for freedom than it remembers the rate of inflation, or the price of gasoline, in the spring and summer of 2022,” Summers told The Post.
Or like Stephen Colbert put it: “A clean conscience is worth a penny or two.”
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