Putin threatens to stop supplies of Russian gas if not paid in roubles – BBC News

Putin threatens to stop supplies of Russian gas if not paid in roubles – BBC News

Putin threatens to stop supplies of Russian gas if not paid in roubles – BBC News – Latest News Today

Vladimir Putin has said that “unfriendly” foreign countries must start paying for Russian gas in roubles, or it will cut supplies.

The Russian president signed a decree demanding buyers “must open rouble accounts in Russian banks” from Friday 1 April.

The move is an attempt to boost the country’s currency, which has been hit by sanctions from the West following the invasion of Ukraine.

Germany – Russia’s largest EU customer – said it would not be blackmailed, while France said it was planning to cut Russian gas deliveries.

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