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Biden bans all Russian oil imports to the US, but warns ‘it will cost us’

“I said I would level with the American people from the beginning, and when I first spoke to this, I said defending freedom is going to cost; it’s going to cost us as well in the United States.”

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US President Joe Biden banned Russian oil imports during an announcement made Tuesday, but warned Americans that they would suffer as a result of the move.

“The United States is targeting the main artery of Russia’s economy. We’re banning all imports of Russian oil and gas and energy. That means Russian oil will no longer be acceptable at US ports and the American people will deal another powerful blow to Putin,” Biden said in remarks from the White House.

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He said the move was made “in close consultation” with allies.

“The US produces far more oil domestically than all of Europe combined. We’re a net exporter of energy, so we can take this step when others cannot,” he added.

Biden’s announcement came shortly after the United Kingdom said it would phase out Russian imports of oil and oil products by the end of the year.

But the US president warned American families that they would be negatively impacted by the decision and would see a rise in gasoline prices. Saying he would do what he could to mitigate the impact on Americans, Biden warned gas companies against price gouging.

“There will be cost as well here in the United States. I said I would level with the American people from the beginning, and when I first spoke to this, I said defending freedom is going to cost; it’s going to cost us as well in the United States.”

Putin will not win in Ukraine

Biden also warned Russia and its president, Vladimir Putin, that they would not win in the war on Ukraine. “Russia may continue to grind out its advance at a horrible price but this much is already clear, Ukraine will never be a victory for Putin,” Biden said.

“Putin may be able to take a city, but he’ll never be able to hold the country.”

Read more: UK to phase out Russian oil imports by end of 2022

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