Earlier, the Ministry of Agriculture announced negotiations with the countries of the Middle East and African countries on the transfer of payments for grain into rubles. According to Minister Patrushev, the issue has not yet been resolved
Deliveries of grain and fertilizers to other countries should be made in rubles, Andrey Klishas, head of the Federation Council Committee on Constitutional Legislation and State Construction, said in his Telegram channel .
«Supplies of grain, fertilizer— all for rubles»,— he wrote.
So the senator commented on the message of the Ministry of Agriculture that it plans to discuss with the countries of the Middle East and North Africa the possibility of switching to settlements in rubles. This was stated by the Minister of Agriculture Dmitry Patrushev on May 27.
According to him, this issue has been discussed for a long time, in particular, it was raised during negotiations with representatives of Egypt and Saudi Arabia. “But so far, unfortunately, this issue has not been resolved. But we will work in this direction,»,— assured the minister (quote from TASS).
Russia has already introduced payments in rubles when paying for gas supplies to unfriendly countries. Gas consumers must open two accounts with an authorized bank (in this case, Gazprombank): one in foreign currency and one in rubles. They credit the currency to the first account, after which the bank sells it and transfers the received rubles to the second account, in payment for the supplied gas.
European countries included in the list of unfriendly ones refused to pay for gas in rubles, arguing that most contracts require payment in dollars or euros. Nevertheless, on May 19, Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak announced that about half of the 54 companies that buy gas from Gazprom opened accounts.
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