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Europe Sees Ambiguity in EU’s Advice on Russian Gas Demands

  • Bloc’s executive arm to fine-tune guidance, officials say
  • Some governments want to close off appearance of workarounds
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EU Tells Companies Not to Bend to Russian Gas Demands
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Several European Union nations are pushing for clearer guidance from the bloc on Russia’s demand to pay for gas in rubles, saying the current advice is too ambiguous.

The European Commission told the ambassadors at a closed-door meeting Wednesday that it will fine-tune the wording of its guidelines, according to people familiar with the discussions. A number of countries who raised the issue want the commission to clarify that buyers don’t have any workarounds to acquiesce to the Kremlin’s demands, the people said.