(TargetLiberty.org) – The Biden administration might seem to be taking a firm stance against Russia for its invasion of neighboring Ukraine with sanctions imposed by President Joe Biden. However, while the United States joined the world in financially punishing the aggressors in this conflict, the US is still importing and paying for Russian crude oil on the side.
Biden excused this behavior by stating that eliminating crude oil and petroleum imports from Russia would have a significant impact on gas prices here at home. Regardless, members of the GOP called for the president to stop the oil imports and begin drilling in America to lessen its dependence and the likely gas price increase.
According to Breitbart, the United States continues to pay about $70 million per day to Russia for oil imports.
during these seven days of Putin’s criminal war against Ukraine, we’ve sent this same Putin during those same seven days close to a half-billion dollars! https://t.co/w4Mql1MtK3
— Jenny Hatch (@JennyHatch) March 1, 2022
Although the US buys most of its crude oil from Canada, Russia still remains in the top 10 countries America pays for the product. Many questioned the strength of sanctions from the United States if the country continues to pay Russia for oil as well.
Governor Kevin Stitt (R-OK) and Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) called on the president to stop purchasing energy from “our enemies.” Without cutting Russia off completely, many worry the negative financial impact of sanctions won’t be harsh enough to stop the violence in Ukraine.
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