Sainsbury’s announces a Russian ban that will affect all of its petrol stations across the UK

After refusing to stock products that are exclusively Russian, Sainsbury’s has now pledged to stop selling Russian diesel at its stations

Sainsbury’s says they stand “united” with the people of Ukraine

Sainsbury’s has vowed to stop selling Russian diesel at its stations by the end of the year as they continue their anti-war stance.

The supermarket giant says it stands “united” with the people of Ukraine and made the statement as another show of solidarity.

The ban affects 315 of its service stations across the country following pressure from customers. KentLive Report.

Sainsbury’s has already stopped selling products sourced exclusively from Russia as part of sweeping financial sanctions and restrictions imposed by the West following Vladimir Putin’s illegal invasion.

However, the company has acknowledged that supporting the ban on Russian oil is complex.

It’s not the supermarket’s first policy move in recent months


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It comes amid pressure on retailers and energy companies to shake off their reliance on Russia for certain products after the country launched an attack on Ukraine in February.

Russia is the third largest oil producer in the world after Saudi Arabia and the United States.

Rhian Bartlett, Food Commercial Director at Sainsbury’s, said: “We stand with the people of Ukraine and have taken a number of steps to show our support – from helping fund humanitarian efforts on the ground to taking them out of products from our stores 100% sourced from Russia.

Anti-war sentiment persists as Russia refuses to leave Ukraine


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“Since the beginning of the conflict, we have worked hard to reduce the amount of Russian diesel we sell.

“This is a complex process, but we are committed to working with the rest of the UK fuel industry and government to support the ban on Russian oil imports, due to come into force by the end of this year.”

Diesel and petrol prices continue to climb to new highs, figures show. Statistics from data company Experian Catalist show that diesel prices hit an average of 181.0p a liter on Wednesday, up from 180.9p the day before.

The average cost of a liter of petrol at UK petrol stations was 168.2p on Wednesday.

That was up from 167.6 pence per liter on Tuesday.

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