President Biden announced on March 8 that the country would impose an immediate ban on oil and gas imports from Russia. This ban is an attempt to catch up to Shell Oil which announced it would no longer buy Russian oil as the EU announces that it too will eliminate Russia oil ad gas imports to supply its energy needs.

“Today, I am announcing the United States is targeting the main artery of Russia’s economy. We’re banning all imports of Russian oil and gas and energy,” said Biden in his statement from the White House. “That means Russian oil will no longer be acceptable at US ports, and the American people will deal another powerful blow to Putin’s war machine.”

Sanctions against Russian oil and gas products had mostly been avoided, given the likely consequences on the global economy. However, pressure for Biden to make a move has been growing from within and outside the United States. The ban is the last addition to a tirade of sanctions imposed by the US and its allies on the Kremlin for causing the largest armed conflict in Europe since the Second World War. It has allegedly had bipartisan support in Congress.