Austria’s finance minister told CNN that his country supports all sanctions on Russia except a gas embargo.
“Once a sanction hits yourself more than the one targeted by the sanction, I think there’s not much use,” Magnus Brunner said, adding that Austria’s industry is so dependent on Russian gas that they have “no choice.”
There was not much sense in a sanction that harmed Austria’s economy more than Russia’s, he stressed.
More context: The European Union imported nearly 100 billion euros ($110 billion) worth of Russian energy last year. Russia supplies about 40% of the bloc's imports of natural gas, and about 27% and 46% of its imported oil and coal respectively.
In March, EU leaders pledged to reduce consumption of Russian gas by 66% before the end of this year, and to break the bloc's dependence on Russian energy by 2027.
Russian oil has already been banned by the United States and United Kingdom.
CNN's Anna Cooban contributed reporting to this post.