European Energy Commissioner Kadri Simpson said on Monday that the European Commission had no information that any European company had paid in rubles for Russian gas, after Moscow asked foreign buyers to commit in a mechanism for converting payments from euros or dollars in rubles.
“The Commission has no information on any country or private company that would like to do so,” said the European Commissioner for Energy, upon arriving at a meeting of EU energy ministers in Brussels.
EU energy ministers to hold emergency talks on Monday as the bloc seeks to respond in unison to Moscow’s demand that European buyers pay for Russian gas in rubles or cut off supplies.
Russia already cut off gas supplies to Bulgaria and Poland last week after they refused to meet its payment demands in rubles. The two countries have already planned to stop using Russian gas questyear and claim they can adapt. But that has raised fears that other EU countries, including Germany, Europe’s gas-dependent economic powerhouse, may be next.
It is noteworthy that the “Bloomberg” agency reported that 4 European buyers of Russian gas have paid in rubles for supplies and also claimed that 10 European countries had opened accounts with Gazprom Bank to make payments in rubles.
The agency also cited sources claiming that the Russian bank Gazprom had refused a payment in rubles from a German trading company confiscated from Moscow.
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