Budapest has previously announced its readiness to pay for Russian gas in rubles. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine called this position unfriendly and contrary to the consolidated position of the EU =”The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine called Hungary's position on Russian gas unfriendly” />
Kyiv considers unfriendly the position of Hungary, which has declared its readiness to pay for Russian gas in rubles, Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesman Oleg Nikolenko said, UNIAN reports.< /p>
He pointed out that Moscow is trying to convert payments for gas into the national currency in order to “save” economy against the backdrop of sanctions and have resources to continue the operation in Ukraine.
“In this context, we consider the statement about the readiness to pay for Russian gas in rubles as an unfriendly position towards our state. Such statements also contradict the consolidated position of the European Union, which has refused in principle to satisfy the Russian whim,” — emphasized Nikolenko.
The fact that Budapest is ready to pay for Russian gas in rubles was announced by Prime Minister Viktor Orban the day before. Prior to this, Russian Ambassador to Hungary Yevgeny Stanislavov reported that the Hungarian energy company MVM and Gazprom are negotiating the conversion of payments for gas into rubles.
Hungary also opposed European sanctions against Russian energy resources, in particular oil and gas. Orban explained that the supply embargo would be a heavy burden for Hungary, since most of this fuel comes from Russia, and 90% of families use gas for heating.
President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on transferring payments for gas from unfriendly countries into rubles on March 31, and the measure came into force on April 1. Companies are required to open currency and ruble accounts with Gazprombank. They will transfer the payment to a foreign currency account, then the bank will buy rubles on it at the Moscow Exchange and credit it to the ruble account of the gas buyer as payment.
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Many European countries considered the new conditions a violation of the provisions of existing agreements and said they would not agree to it. This was decided, in particular, by the Austrian OMV, the Polish PGNiG, the Lithuanian Ignitus grupe.
The G7 countries called the requirement to pay for supplies in rubles unacceptable and agreed that it violates agreements with companies. Germany announced that it plans to continue paying for Russian gas in euros.
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