France is ready “to go further” and ban Russian oil, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire told CNN on Friday.
Le Maire called the attack on a railway station in Kramatorsk, which left at least 50 people dead, “a massacre” and said those responsible must be “identified, prosecuted and possibly convicted for these crimes.”
France did not want to wait and a ban on oil would be a “game changer,” Le Maire said, but added that European unity was needed to implement stricter sanctions on energy.
“As France is concerned we stand ready to go further and to decide a ban on oil and I’m deeply convinced that the next steps and the next discussions will focus on this question of the ban on Russian oil,” he said.
Le Maire did stress that the current sanctions agreed by the EU were very effective and “the most heavy since the creation of the European union.”