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Draghi Says European Companies Can Pay for Gas in Rubles

  • PM says it’s not clear if paying in rubles breaks rules
  • Italy and Germany are big importers of gas from Russia
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Draghi Says EU Companies Can Pay for Gas in Rubles
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Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi said European companies will be able to pay for gas in rubles without breaching sanctions, apparently dismissing European Union guidance to the contrary. 

European companies have been scrambling for weeks to figure out how they can meet Russia’s demand for ruble payments -- and keep the crucial gas flowing -- without breaking the sanctions designed to punish Moscow for the war against Ukraine.