German economy minister says Russian gas supply ‘always guaranteed’


02 April 2022 20:52 STI

“Currently, the gas supply is still guaranteed… The statements of (Russian President Vladimir) Putin are contradictory. Therefore, it is good that the emergency early warning level has been introduced. This helps the supply. No one can wish for an escalation,” Habeck said in an interview with the Rheinische Post.
According to Habeck, Berlin is “ready for anything” because it must now “think about the most improbable scenarios”.

Dropping the Russian gas boycott was the right decision, as the situation was fraught with division in German business and society, Habeck added.
On Wednesday, Habeck announced an early warning level ahead of Moscow cutting off gas exports due to Western sanctions imposed on the country over its military operation in Ukraine.
On Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree stipulating that all gas supply contracts with companies registered in “hostile” countries would be settled in rubles. The measure only affects pipeline exports from Gazprom, with the company expecting to receive the first payments in rubles in the second half of April and in May.
On February 24, Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine after recognizing the breakaway Ukrainian regions of Donetsk and Lugansk as “independent republics”. In response to the Russian operation, Western countries launched a massive sanctions campaign against Moscow. (ANI/Sputnik)


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