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Parliamentary question - E-001853/2022Parliamentary question

    Change in the Commission’s position on Russia’s ultimatum on gas payments in roubles

    Question for written answer  E-001853/2022
    to the Commission
    Rule 138
    Kosma Złotowski (ECR), Ryszard Antoni Legutko (ECR), Tomasz Piotr Poręba (ECR), Jadwiga Wiśniewska (ECR), Witold Jan Waszczykowski (ECR), Zbigniew Kuźmiuk (ECR), Anna Zalewska (ECR), Anna Fotyga (ECR), Jacek Saryusz-Wolski (ECR), Zdzisław Krasnodębski (ECR), Dominik Tarczyński (ECR), Andżelika Anna Możdżanowska (ECR), Grzegorz Tobiszowski (ECR), Izabela-Helena Kloc (ECR), Elżbieta Kruk (ECR), Adam Bielan (ECR), Beata Szydło (ECR), Joachim Stanisław Brudziński (ECR), Patryk Jaki (ECR), Beata Kempa (ECR), Elżbieta Rafalska (ECR), Bogdan Rzońca (ECR), Joanna Kopcińska (ECR), Karol Karski (ECR), Ryszard Czarnecki (ECR)

    At the end of March, in response to additional sanctions, Vladimir Putin issued a decree requiring Member States to pay for Russian gas in roubles. Commission President Ursula von der Leyen criticised the requirement at the time, saying that such an option, if not set out in the contract, constitutes a breach of the sanctions imposed by the EU on Russia. In the meantime, Russia has cut off gas supplies to Poland and Bulgaria, which refused to accept its ultimatum.

    Despite this, however, Commission representatives and Member State diplomats met in Brussels on 13 May 2022. At that meeting, the Commission provided guidance on how European companies could pay for Russian gas in roubles, thus circumventing EU sanctions[1].

    Last updated: 31 May 2022
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