Ukraine: German foreign minister risks wrath of Putin after claiming country belongs to EU

Chancellor Olaf Scholz is said to be reluctant to ban imports of Russian fossil fuels over fears of the impact it would have on the German economy, which relies on heavy industry.

After the EU as a whole announced it would divest itself of Russian energy by the end of the year, Germany said it would reduce its dependency “to zero”, but had so far resisted an immediate ban.

According to figures quoted by several sources, since the invasion, Germany has reduced its dependency on Russian oil from 35 percent of its consumption to just 12 percent.

However, it has only reduced its dependence on Russian gas imports from 55 to 35 percent, making its economy overly reliant on an aggressive nation.