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Draghi Says Some EU Gas Buyers Get Different Treatment by Russia

  • Italy’s prime minister speaks to reporters in Brussels
  • Russia has demanded that gas buyers open euro, ruble accounts
Mario Draghi

Mario Draghi

Photographer: Valeria Mongelli/Bloomberg

President Vladimir Putin is imposing different payment requirements on separate European buyers of Russian gas, according to Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, adding to the confusion over how companies can continue to receive the energy supplies without breaching sanctions.

Russia has required some buyers to complete their gas payments in rubles, Draghi said, a move that would violate European Union sanctions over Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine. Others, including Italy, have been allowed to settle their bills in euros and have the transactions considered complete without a breach, he said.