+++ Ukraine war +++: G7 countries refuse to pay for Russian energy supplies in rubles – the city of Irpin near Kyiv is completely in Ukrainian hands
Russia wants to replace declining oil supplies to European countries with exports to Asia. There is also a market “in Southeast Asia, in the east,” said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov on Monday in Moscow, according to the Interfax agency. The world market is more diverse than just the European market. “Although, of course, the European market is premium,” admitted Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman.
Peskow was reacting to Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s (SPD) announcement that Germany’s dependence on Russian energy imports would be eliminated “quite quickly”. In the ARD program “Anne Will” Scholz said on Sunday that Germany could do it quickly with coal and oil. According to earlier information from Federal Minister of Economics Robert Habeck (Greens), Germany can probably halve Russian oil imports by the summer.
At the same time, Peskov made it clear that Russia insisted that natural gas deliveries to European countries would have to be paid for in rubles in the future. It is clear that if Russia refuses, it will not supply gas to Europe “for free”. In the current situation in Russia, this is “hardly possible and makes sense”.
Putin announced last week that gas deliveries to “unfriendly countries” would only be billed in rubles. This would support the troubled Russian currency as importing countries would have to procure roubles. Germany is also one of the affected countries. So far, gas deliveries have been paid for in Germany, for example, in euros.
So far, despite its war of aggression against Ukraine and Western sanctions, Russia has continued to supply gas to Europe unabated.