Oil price hits $115 a barrel — highest in seven weeks

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Oil prices rose on Tuesday amid an ongoing push by the European Union for the Russian oil imports ban.

Brent crude climbed 1.04 per cent to $115.29 a barrel on Tuesday — the highest since March 28.

West Texas Intermediate (WTI) saw a corresponding leap of 0.36 per cent, trading at 114.6 a barrel.

On Monday, EU foreign ministers failed in their effort to pressure Hungary to sign up to a proposed embargo on Russian oil.

Jeffrey Halley, analyst at brokerage OANDA, said: “Oil prices have remained near multi-week highs this week, supported by surging gasoline and distillate prices in the U.S., and fears around an EU ban on Russian oil imports remaining in play”.

Meanwhile, Tina Teng, an analyst at CMC Markets, said: that “intensifying geopolitical tension” between the EU and Russia will further bolster prices, even as Sweden and Finland seek to join NATO.

High oil prices, among other underlying factors, continue to affect Nigeria’s deregulated oil market.