As the Financial Times wrote, Such a decision by Gazprom marked the first official cutoff of Russian gas supplies from Germany. Prior to this, two other importers, such as Uniper or RWE, agreed to Russian dictation and paid for gas in rubles.
Although officially the transfers were made in euros, they were exchanged for rubles after opening an account with Gazprombank.
Shell does not have such a possibility, because since the beginning of this year the company has “moved” to Great Britain. And this country, unlike the European Union, also imposed sanctions on Gazprombank, which makes it impossible to circumvent the system as in the case of other gas importers.
The company has already announced that Intends to gradually withdraw from the import of Russian oil and the search for other sources.
The European Union notes that payments in euros, which are later converted into rubles, violate EU sanctions. That is why more and more countries are cutting off blue fuel from Russia.
Earlier on Tuesday, Ørsted, the largest Danish energy company, admitted that Gazprom had announced that gas supplies would also decrease from Wednesday. The payment deadline expired on Tuesday, and the Danes confirmed they would pay in euros.
However, the company states that “there is no gas pipeline connecting Russia with Denmark directly,” so turning off the tap in this country does not have to be so easy.
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Ørsted buys most of Danish gas from Gazprom under a contract that is expected to run until the end of the contract. The company added that it is currently filling its warehouses in Denmark, but also in Germany.
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