The energy ministers of the Group of Seven (G7) traditional industrial powers of the world rejected the demand of Russian President Vladimir Putin that the countries “friendly” to Moscow to pay for the import of Russian gas in rubles, said the Deputy Minister and Germany’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and Climate Action Robert Habeck, following talks with his counterparts on Monday.
“All G7 ministers have agreed that this is a unilateral breach of existing treaties,” Habeck was quoted as saying by Reuters, speaking to a news conference following a meeting of the Seven ministers. “.
The ministers “reiterated that the contracts are valid and that companies must respect what is stated in them … the payment in rubles is unacceptable and we call on the companies involved not to comply with Putin’s request,” he said. the German Vice Chancellor.
“Putin’s attempt to divide us is obvious, but – as you can see from this wonderful unity and determination – we are not going to be divided.”
Shortly after Habek’s remarks, Russian Senator Ivan Abramov, deputy chairman of the Russian parliament’s upper house’s Economic Policy Committee, said that “the G7 countries’ refusal to pay in rubles will no doubt lead to gas “.