EU should consider ban on Russian gas, says German Defence Minister Christine Lambrecht

The European Union should consider a ban on gas imports from Russia, German Defence Minister Christine Lambrecht has said.

It comes after alleged atrocities by Russian forces in the Ukrainian town of Bucha attracted widespread condemnation from world leaders.

Speaking to German public broadcaster ARD, Ms Lambrecht said: "There has to be a response. Such crimes must not remain unanswered."

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz also said Putin and his backers would "feel the consequences" of their actions.

Berlin has until now resisted calls to impose an embargo on energy imports from Russia, saying its economy and that of other European countries are too dependent on them. Russia supplies 40% of Europe's gas needs.

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