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Brussels is studying how to circumvent its own sanctions and pay for gas in rubles. Take the floor Mateusz Morawiecki

Brussels is studying how to circumvent its own sanctions and pay for gas in rubles.  Take the floor Mateusz Morawiecki

Mateusz Morawiecki was asked about the reports on Sunday. – With some disappointment, I noticed that there was permission to pay for gas in rubles, something he was striving for. put it in – said the prime minister.

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Difficult negotiations within the community

As commented on it Negotiations between 27 member states “often boil down to finding solutions on the lowest common mathematical denominator”. – This means that if Germany, Hungary, Austria or the Netherlands are against something, we cannot implement another package of sanctions without their consent – said the head of government.

We are among those who firmly demand drastic sanctions, because we believe that this war can be stopped not only militarily, but also economically. – said Morawiecki. He stressed that Moscow must understand that Europe takes sanctions seriously, knowing that they will cost but are necessary. We are in the crucible of geopolitical change and we cannot allow Russia to blackmail us all. If they understood all this there, I think it would also be a very important factor that would lead to a faster end to the war – Moraviki assesses.

I remember that The European Union is discussing a ban on Russian oil, but there is no consensus on this. Hungary opposes this idea. Brussels also wants to reduce Europe’s dependence on gas from Russia, but the question of completely abandoning gas supplies is further than in the case of oil.

Union collapses over ruble payments

France, which currently holds the presidency of the Council of the European Union, unexpectedly held a working group meeting of EU diplomats on Friday evening to pay for Russian gas in rubles. At the meeting – as determined by the PAP based on conversations with diplomats from EU countries – The European Commission has given instructions on how EU countries can pay in rubles for Russian gas in a way that does not violate EU sanctions.

After Russia demanded payment for gas in rubles at the end of March, the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, expressed a decisive position. At the time, she said that this amount, if not stipulated in the contract, violated sanctions imposed by the European Union. However, the PAP information shows that At Friday’s meeting, the Commission already presented a completely different position. At any time in the discussion, she did not announce that she did not agree to pay for gas in rubles.

It was also supposed to inform EU countries that opening an account in euros or dollars in Gazprombank by companies importing gas from Russia does not violate sanctions. She indicated that it would not be a currency transfer between a euro account and a ruble account of a European company at Gazprombank. However, she did not answer the question whether opening an account in rubles by EU companies importing gas from Russia would actually break the restrictions.

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