Russia says no free gas deliveries if Europe refuses to pay in rubles

  29 March 2022    Read: 345
Russia says no free gas deliveries if Europe refuses to pay in rubles

Russia will not deliver gas to Europe for free, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday, reports citing Anadolu Agency. 

Asked at a daily briefing in Moscow what Russia will do if Europe refuses to pay for gas deliveries in rubles, Peskov urged to "to solve issues as they come."

"The delivery process is very, very complicated, it's not buying some product in a store -- you buy and pay at the checkout. These are deliveries, payments, and balance sheets, these are time-stretched processes. Now all the modalities are being worked out between the departments, with Gazprom.

"But the fact that we will not supply gas for free is unequivocal. This can be said with absolute certainty. In our situation, it is hardly possible and hardly advisable to engage in pan-European charity," he said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin instructed on Monday the government, Central Bank, and Gazprom company to switch to rubles by March 31 for the payments of gas deliveries to “unfriendly countries.”

On March 7, the Russian government issued a list of countries "taking unfriendly actions against Russia, Russian companies, and citizens," referring to the economic sanctions introduced amid the Russia-Ukraine war.

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