Calls for U.S. to Ban Russian Oil Gain Momentum Despite Inflation Concerns
An increasing number of lawmakers are calling for a U.S. import ban
A growing number of U.S. officials are calling for a ban on Russian oil and gas imports to pressure that country’s economy despite concerns that such a move could raise already high gas prices for American consumers.
Officials including U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.), and Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.) called Sunday for a U.S. ban as part of the ongoing bid to hinder the Russian economy over its invasion of Ukraine.
Blinken told CNN host Jake Tapper that the United States is talking to allies about "the prospect of banning the import of Russian oil while making sure that there's still an appropriate supply of oil on world markets." He noted in Sunday morning's "State of the Union" interview that the discussion was taking place "as we speak."
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