Subscribe to receive The 46th in your inbox weekly

Today, President Joe Biden announced, “We’re banning all imports of Russian oil and gas and energy." As Russia’s most lucrative export, this is in direct response to the pleas from Ukrainian President Zelensky to US Congress over the weekend. While other requests like declaring a no-fly zone over Ukraine have fallen flat, the energy ban by the United States happened quickly and is prompting the UK and others to follow suit. Although, as discussed in By the numbers below, this is far harder in Europe because their dependence on Russian oil and gas is so much greater.