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Italy Is Ready to Halt Russian Gas Payments If EU Finds a Violation

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Italy will refuse to comply with new gas-payment terms demanded by Moscow if the European Union concludes that doing so would breach sanctions related to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, according to people familiar with the matter.

In a preliminary assessment, the EU found that the Kremlin’s payment terms were a clear violation of the bloc’s sanctions. The Italian government is waiting for Brussels to finalize its legal analysis before taking any action, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the process is private.