EU chief warns Russian gas payments in rubles violate bloc’s sanctions

BRUSSELS — The president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, warns EU importers that paying for Russian gas in rubles, as the Kremlin has demanded, would breach sanctions.

Brussels’ top official tells reporters that, unless a supply contract was denominated in rubles, European firms must not bow to pressure to pay in the Russian currency.

“This would be a breach of the sanctions, so a high risk for the companies,” she says.

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