Europe agrees to cap the worth of Russian oil at $60 a barrel

The West is struggling to set an oil price cap that hurts Russia


CNN Business

The European Union has reached a consensus on the price at which to cap Russian oil just days before its ban on most imports comes into force.

News of the deal, which had needed approval from holdout Poland, was confirmed on Twitter by the president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, marking a key milestone in the West’s efforts to punish President Vladimir Putin without adding to stress on the global economy.

“Today, the European Union, the G7 and other global partners have agreed to introduce a global price cap on seaborne oil from Russia,” von der Leyen said, adding that it would strengthen sanctions on Russia, diminish Moscow’s revenues and stabilize energy markets by allowing EU-based operators to ship the oil to third-party countries provided it is priced below the cap.

The bloc’s 27 member states agreed Friday to set the…