Germany Rejects Putin's Roubles for Gas Demand

"It is important for us not to give a signal that we will be blackmailed by Putin," Germany Economy Minister Robert Habeck said in regards to rejecting Russia's demands that European nations pay for Russian natural gas in roubles.


German Economy Minister Robert Habeck on Thursday rejected demands by Russia that European countries pay for its gas in roubles as an unacceptable breach of contract, adding that the manoeuvre amounted to "blackmail."

Speaking during a joint news conference with his French counterpart, Habeck said he had not yet seen a new decree signed by President Vladimir Putin mandating gas payments in roubles.

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