The President accused the European countries of trying to shift the responsibility for their own mistakes in the economic sphere onto Russia, using “gross, non-market measures” against it, including by putting pressure on companies
Nationalization of enterprises— a double-edged weapon, said President Vladimir Putin at a meeting with the government in response to statements by Western countries about the possible nationalization of Russian assets abroad (broadcast by the Rossiya 24 channel).
“So we will go far. Let no one forget that this is a double-edged weapon, — the president said.
He noted that the situation in the energy sector is deteriorating due to “non-market, rude measures”; foreign partners, including administrative pressure on Gazprom. Putin accused European countries of trying to “shift their own mistakes in the economy and energy sphere onto Russia.”
At the end of last month, Handelsblatt wrote about the elaboration of scenarios by the German Ministry of Economy in the event of a cessation of energy supplies from Russia. Among the possible measures, the publication called the nationalization of Gazprom's subsidiaries. and Rosneft. Bloomberg reported on UK plans to temporarily change the leadership of the British division of Gazprom due to the refusal of Western companies to cooperate with Russian business. According to agency sources, this could cost the kingdom about $5.3 billion.
Presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov, after these publications, called unacceptable the very study of the issue of the nationalization of Gazprom's subsidiaries. or Rosneft.
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“Gazprom” April 1 withdrew from participation in his European “daughter” Gazprom Germany GmbH. On April 4, German Economy Minister Robert Habek announced that the company would be transferred under the control of the Federal Network Agency of Germany until September 30.
On March 31, Putin signed a decree on transferring payments for gas with unfriendly countries to rubles. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz announced his intention to continue paying in euros, but said it would take time for Berlin to overcome dependence on Russian gas.
“United Russia”” proposed to nationalize the production of foreign companies that decided to leave Russia. The party's initiative, which includes “the first step towards the nationalization of the property of foreign companies,” was supported by the government commission on legislative activities. The bill implies the introduction of a new institution— “external administration for managing the organization.”
The chairman of the Federation Council, Valentina Matvienko, spoke out against the nationalization of enterprises that left Russia.
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