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France, Germany reject Putin’s demands, call for ‘blackmail’

Germany and France on Thursday rejected Russia’s demands that European countries pay for their gas in rubles as an unacceptable breach of contract, adding that the maneuver amounted to “blackmail”, according to Reuters.

Speaking during a press conference, German Economy Minister Robert Habeck said he had not seen the decree signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin imposing gas payments in rubles.

He also said that Germany was ready for all scenarios, including the interruption of Russian gas flows to Europe.

For his part, French Finance Minister Bruno Lemerre said France and Germany had rejected Russia’s request.

Russia’s attempt to divide the Western allies by demanding payments for gas in rubles has failed, said German Economy Minister Robert Habeck, adding that the Western allies are determined not to be “blackmailed” by Russia.

Source: Capital

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