Ukrainian officials and human rights groups are urging the United States to close a loophole that allows Russian crude oil, processed in other countries, to be imported into the US. Concerns arise from the economic support such imports provide to Russia and its ongoing aggression towards Ukraine. The Biden administration is being called upon to take action and implement stricter regulations on crude oil imports. This issue highlights the geopolitical implications of the US’ energy policies, especially in the context of tense relations between Russia and Ukraine. By closing this loophole, Ukraine hopes to secure its economic stability and deter Russian aggression.
Today: December 6, 2023