(MENAFN) In an article published on Saturday, the German tabloid Die Welt questioned the veracity of Energy Minister Robert Habeck's assertion that he had been successful in reducing the amount of Russian oil being imported.
The minister claimed Berlin had lessened its dependency on Russian petroleum by the end of April, making a complete ban " manageable." According to Habeck, the proportion of Russian oil in Germany's imports has decreased from 35 percent to roughly 12 percent as a result of the events in Ukraine.
According to Jens Spahn, deputy leader of the opposition Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party, Habek's assertion was " apparently more of a spontaneous estimate."
In May, 27.8 percent of Germany's crude imports came from Russia, according to the most recent statistics from the Ministry of Economic Affairs that was made public in response to a request from the politician.
The politician's use of information supplied by oil firms may account for the difference between Habeck's claimed difference of 12 percent and the real amount.
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