Ursula von der Leyen stated that payment in euros or dollars is directly indicated in most gas supply contracts.
The head of the EU executive body said that the bloc’s energy companies that agree to Moscow’s demand to pay for gas supplies in Russian rubles will violate sanctions imposed in connection with the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Ursula von der Leyen said this after Polish and Bulgarian officials said that Moscow had stopped supplying natural gas to these countries because of its refusal to pay in rubles.
Russian President Vladimir Putin made such a demand after the imposition of sanctions against his country.
Von der Leyen said on Wednesday that the EU’s position is “very clear.”
“Payment in rubles, if it is not stipulated by the contract, is a violation of our sanctions,” she said. – About 97 percent of our contracts directly provide for payment in euros or dollars, so everything is very clear here. The demand of the Russian side to pay in rubles is a unilateral decision that does not correspond to the contracts.”