The Czech Republic in talks on exemption from the EU oil embargo, says the Prime Minister

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The Czech Republic will seek a period of exemption from the embargo proposed by the European Union Russian oilbuying time to increase pipeline capacities, Prime Minister Petr Fiala said Wednesday.

“We are ready to support this decision (Hon sanctions including oil), as the Czech Republic will have some delay until the capacity of the pipelines that can supply oil to the Czech Republic increases, “Fiala said.

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“We’re trying to get that postponement for two, maybe three years.”

The European Commission on Wednesday proposed a gradual oil embargo on Russia, along with other harsh measures to punish Moscow for its invasion of Ukraine. The measures include phasing out supplies of Russian crude oil within six months and of refined products by the end of 2022.

European Union flags fly outside the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium on April 20, 2016. (REUTERS / Francois Lenoir)

The Czech Republic has tried to increase the capacity of the TAL pipeline – which runs from Italy through Austria to Germany – which is awaiting approval from the Bavarian authorities.

Fiala said he will discuss the matter with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz during a visit to Berlin on Thursday.

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The Czech Republic joins other EU countries seeking a longer transition to introduce the ban. Slovakia, which gets nearly all of its crude oil imports from Russia, wants a three-year transition period.

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Hungary also stated that it could not support the measures in their current form.