Poland says countries that pay for Russian gas in rubles should be penalized

WARSAW, April 28 (Reuters) – The European Union should penalize countries that use rubles to pay for Russian gas, Poland’s climate minister said, following Moscow’s decision to cut supplies to Poland and Bulgaria for refusing to do so. .

EU member states appear divided on how they can continue to pay for gas without breaking European sanctions imposed over Russia’s February 24 invasion of Ukraine. Many nations in Europe remain heavily dependent on Russian energy imports.

Poland, one of the EU’s staunchest advocates of punitive sanctions against Moscow, says the bloc should ban Russian gas purchases altogether.

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“Today what is missing is complete sanctions on gas, that would solve the problem with Gazprom, the problem with monitoring the sanctions 100%. We look forward to these sanctions,” Anna Moskwa told the private broadcaster Polsat News on Wednesday. the night.

The main EU member states resisting tougher gas sanctions against Russia are Austria, Germany and Hungary, it added.

“We are counting on there to be consequences for these countries (which pay in rubles) and that they will stop paying in rubles as a result.”

He did not specify what kind of consequences Poland wanted to see.

Russia’s new gas payments system, which involves opening accounts at Gazprombank where payments in euros or dollars would be converted into rubles, offers room for maneuver that could cause some countries to continue buying Russian gas, fraying the united front. of the bloc against Moscow. read more

German power company Uniper (UN01.DE) told the Rheinische Post newspaper on Thursday that it would transfer Russian gas payments to a Russian bank and no longer to a European-based bank. read more

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Reporting by Alan Charlish Editing by Gareth Jones

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