In France, they declared solidarity in the EU on paying for gas from Russia in euros

According to Ecological Transition Minister Barbara Pompili, EU countries are unanimous in paying for gas supplies in euros or dollars, since contracts cannot be violated “just like that”

EU countries are unanimous in to pay Russia gas contracts in euros or dollars, French Ecological Transition Minister Barbara Pompili told BFMTV.

“Contracts cannot be broken just like that, so we will continue to pay in euros or dollars, depending on the conditions contracts»,— she said.

The French minister noted that European countries should act in solidarity, not alone.

At the end of March, Russia transferred payments for gas with unfriendly countries into rubles. From April 1, companies from these countries must open two accounts with Gazprombank— currency and ruble. The payment for deliveries will first go to the currency account, after which the bank will sell the currency on the stock exchange and credit the rubles to the second account. Payment will be considered completed only from the moment the funds are credited to the ruble account. The Kremlin then said that Moscow would not supply gas to Europe for free. “No payment” no gas, — said the press secretary of the Russian president, Dmitry Peskov.

The list of “unfriendly” states, compiled by the government, included all the EU countries, the USA and some others.

At the end of April, the European Commission recognized that the scheme of paying for Russian gas in rubles contradicts the EU sanctions regime. Among the payment options offered by Brussels— consider only the transfer of currency to Gazprombank as fulfillment of payment obligations.

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Some countries refused to pay for gas in rubles. In particular, German Finance Minister Christian Lindner said that Berlin “will not succumb to blackmail.” At the end of April, Gazprom stopped supplying gas to Poland and Bulgaria due to their refusal to pay for fuel in Russian currency. The head of the EC, Ursula von der Leyen, called it blackmail, the Kremlin did not agree with her.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, in an interview with the Italian television company Mediaset, speaking about the cessation of supplies, said that Russia was “stolen money (more than $ 300 billion)”, most of which was received for the supply of gas and oil. “This became possible because the money of PJSC Gazprom was forced to keep on his accounts in Western banks (according to your rules). Wanted to "punish" Russia— stole»,— he said. At the same time, Russia is “offered to continue trading as before, and the money will remain with them”, which they, “when they want”, will again “pocket”. “Now we have proposed that deliveries be considered paid not when euros or dollars arrive at Gazprombank, but when they are converted into rubles, which can no longer be stolen. That's the whole story,»,— explained the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry.

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