President Biden announced a U.S. ban on Russian oil imports over the country’s invasion of Ukraine, taking aim at Russian President Vladimir Putin‘s main revenue source as Russian forces continue battering Ukrainian cities.
Ukrainian leaders have pleaded with Washington and the West to cut off Russian energy imports in the 13 days since Russian troops began attacking Ukraine.
On Tuesday Biden said, “This (ban) means Russian oil will no longer be acceptable to U.S. ports and the American people will deal another powerful blow to this war machine.”
Lawmakers from both parties have ramped up pressure on the admin to block Russian oil in recent days, preparing legislation to impose the ban if the Biden administration didn’t act.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she would support a ban on Russian oil imports, aligning herself with bipartisan lawmakers pushing for energy independence.
“I am calling on the Administration and industry partners to take action immediately, up to and including banning crude oil imports from Russia,” Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, the chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, said in a statement on Monday.
As the war in Ukraine rages on, Americans are facing the surge in gas prices.
This is a developing story and we will update this.