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OMV, willing to pay in rubles for Russian gas. What will Eni and Uniper, two other big Gazprom customers, do?


Russia’s energy giant Gazprom said on Wednesday it had completely shut down gas supplies to Poland and Bulgaria in the absence of ruble payments from the two countries for fuel supplies. The supply will be stopped until payments are made, Gazprom said.

The Austrian government said on Wednesday that Russian natural gas supplies to the country continue unrestricted and there are no indications that the situation will change as it struggles to find alternative sources.

FT claims that the Italian group Eni, another large customer of Gazprom, is evaluating its options. The company must make a decision by the end of May, when its next payment for Russian deliveries is due.

An OMV spokesman told Reuters that the company was working on a solution in accordance with the sanctions, but declined to say whether it meant using ruble accounts, as reported by FT. Eni representatives did not want to comment either.

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German company Uniper will transfer payments for Russian gas to a Russian bank and will no longer use a bank in Europe, the Rheinische Post announced on Thursday.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has called on countries he described as “unfriendly” after the invasion of Ukraine to implement a scheme to open a Gazprombank account to make payments in euros or dollars for imports. natural gas, and these funds will be converted into Russian rubles.

Russia’s energy giant Gazprom said on Wednesday it had completely stopped deliveries to Polish gas company PGNiG and Bulgaria’s Bulgargaz after the two countries refused to respond to Moscow’s request to pay for ruble gas supplies.

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“As far as our company and Germany as a whole are concerned, it is not possible to do without Russia’s gas in the short term, this would have drastic consequences for our economy,” added Uniper, one of Europe’s largest gas companies. .

A document released by the European Commission last week said it “seems possible” to comply with the new rules adopted by the Kremlin without conflicting with EU law.

On Wednesday, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto confirmed to CNN that Hungary would pay in rubles for natural gas and oil supplied by Moscow.

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