German finance minister ruled out paying for Russian gas in rubles

According to Christian Lindner, the country “will not succumb to blackmail” and will reduce its dependence on Russian gas

Christian Lindner

Germany does not plan to pay for Russian gas in rubles either now or in the future, said Finance Minister Christian Lindner .

“Turning to [Russian President Vladimir] Putin, I say very clearly: we will not succumb to blackmail! We will not pay for Russian gas in rubles— and in the future too, — wrote the minister on Twitter.

He stressed that Berlin would do everything possible to stop depending on Russian gas as soon as possible.

On March 23, Putin instructed to transfer payments for gas with unfriendly countries into rubles. The European Commission considered that the new payment scheme approved by Moscow contradicts anti-Russian sanctions.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said on March 31 that the country would continue to pay for Russian gas in euros. In early April, the German Ministry of Economy said that they were studying Putin's decree on the procedure for paying in rubles, but they consider payment in euros and dollars according to the agreements to be relevant.

On April 25, the German energy company Uniper said that it considers it possible to pay for Russian gas In Euro. Two days later, the company said that theoretically they could pay in rubles.

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