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German, Austrian companies accept payment for Russian gas in rubles

German, Austrian companies accept payment for Russian gas in rubles

Moscow, Apr 27 (Prensa Latina) German energy utility company Uniper and Austrian oil and gas company OMV accepted the Russian Government's measure to pay for gas and oil supplies in rubles, local media reported on Wednesday.

Uniper’s Chief Financial Officer Tiina Tuomela notified Russian investors this Wednesday that they are analyzing with Berlin’s authorities the possibility to comply with the requirement to pay in rubles, TASS news agency stated.

About this issue, the official explained that the mechanism that Russia implemented would not violate the terms of the European Union sanctions against Russia imposed due to its special military operation in Ukraine.

For his part, Austria’s Chancellor Karl Nehammer explained that his country, represented by the OMV Group, accepted the Russian conditions for the settlement of energy supplies.

He added that the Austrian fuel company had already opened a ruble account at a Russian bank, as the measures announced by Moscow on March 23 stipulate.

However, not all European countries have been willing to accept Russia’s determination, and on Wednesday, the state energy giant Gazprom has fully suspended gas supplies to Bulgarian company Bulgargaz and Polish PGNiG due to their failure to pay in rubles in due time.

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