A report revealed that European countries suffer from “great ambiguity” about the advice of the European Union regarding asking Russia to pay for gas in rubles.
According to the report, many EU countries are pressing for clearer guidance from the bloc (EU bloc) on requiring Russia to pay for gas in rubles, saying the current advice is “very vague”.
European countries told ambassadors in a closed-door meeting on Wednesday that they would work to amend the wording of their guidelines, according to people familiar with the discussions.
One of the people, quoted by the agency, also said that a number of countries that raised this issue, the “issue of ambiguity”, wanted the commission to make it clear that the buyers had no “solutions to bow to the demands of the Kremlin”.
The confusion, the report noted, comes after Russia cut off gas sales to Poland and Bulgaria, which refused to pay in rubles.
Meanwhile, four European companies made payments in rubles, although it is not clear whether they are from the European Union, or some are willing to open accounts in rubles.
After news that some companies started paying in rubles, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen warned today, Wednesday, in press statements that European companies should not comply with these orders.
“It is very clear that the Russian side’s request to pay in rubles is a unilateral decision and not according to contracts,” the European Commission President told reporters, according to her allegations, and continued, “Companies with such contracts should not respond to Russian demands. This would be a breach of sanctions, so it is a risk.” Great for companies.
The report also comes amid conflicting news coming from some European countries about the situations and crises that some European countries may go through due to stopping the pumping of Russian gas.
The Italian Minister of State, Federico Dinka, confirmed, hours ago, that the consequences of abandoning energy sources that come from Russia are very dangerous for Italy.
Dinkah indicated that if this is necessary, “we will confront it with a spirit of sacrifice, in an attempt to find a path to independence from Russian gas.”
Dinkah added that “a joint effort must be made, an effort for peace. We want to express through sanctions the maximum possible ability to put the Russian economy in a difficult situation.” war materials, leading to an end to the war as soon as possible.”