Russia feeds the EU the threat of total gas cuts. Eight of the 27 EU countries have been victims of unilateral supply cuts by the Kremlin. Denmark was the last, Gazprom on Tuesday announced a halt to exports to Copenhagen after Danish energy company rsted refused to pay in rubles as demanded by Moscow.
The cut is added to the victim one hour before Netherlands, Russia cut off supplies to Dutch energy company GasTerra, which refused payment in Russian currency. The requirement was approved by President Vladimir Putin, who on March 31 imposed an obligation to pay in rubles to all “unfriendly” countries, including all EU states.
Russian President intends to open two accounts to his customers gazprombank, the financial arm of Gazprom that has so far evaded European sanctions. In one of them, countries can enter Euros or Dollars which the Moscow Stock Exchange then converts into Rubles.
Denmark and the Netherlands join in Poland, Bulgaria and the Baltic Republic, All of them have refused to follow Putin’s instructions and have not received Russian gas for weeks.
In parallel, the European Council once again rejected the Kremlin veto on gas. European leaders limited themselves to partial sanctions on Russian crude.
“We are focusing on the implementation of the sixth package of sanctions. This does not mean that some members of the European Council have an opinion on the issue of the new sanctions, but we are focused on implementing it. sixth package», summarized the President of the European Council Charles Michel at the summit’s final press conference.
The night before, EU leaders acceded to the Prime Minister’s demands HungaryViktor Orban, to meet the sixth package of sanctions, which includes a 90% veto of Russian crude at the end of the year, but does not include oil that will flow through the Druzhba pipeline to his country, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. supplies.
Following the deal, member states will resume negotiations to refine the details of the new sanctions package so that it can get the green light at the ambassadorial level this week for publication and implementation later.
European countries to which Russia has cut off gas supplies