Dutch continue to receive Russian gas despite refusing to pay in roubles

Russian President Vladimir Putin has decided to cut off countries from Russian gas that do not pay in roubles. Energy giant Gazprom has already cut off Poland and Bulgaria as they have refused to pay in the Russian currency. Germany, Austria, and the Netherlands, among others, are also refusing to pay through this currency but are yet to be cut off. [Shutterstock/A08]

Russia is still supplying the Netherlands with gas even as it refuses to pay for it in roubles since the country’s state-owned companies have direct contracts with Russia, NOS reports.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has decided to cut off countries from Russian gas that do not pay in roubles. Energy giant Gazprom has already cut off Poland and Bulgaria as they have refused to pay in the Russian currency. Germany, Austria, and the Netherlands, among others, are also refusing to pay through this currency but are yet to be cut off.

“Ultimately, it is commercial parties that transfer the money,” said Lucia van Geuns, energy expert at The Hague Center for Strategic Studies.

“Whether they do that through the construction that Gazprom proposes or not, that’s for the commercial party to decide,” reports NOS.

The Netherlands has also been preparing for this situation in case their Russian gas supply runs dry as it now only relies on 15% of Russian gas, NL Times reports. 

The country is working towards saving energy and focusing on importing liquified natural gas (LNG).

“​​Today on a working visit to the Eemshaven in Groningen. A floating LNG terminal will be located here from August. This means that LNG  can be stored and converted into natural gas for the Dutch gas network. This allows us to import extra gas from countries other than Russia,​” tweeted Climate and Energy Minister Rob Jetten on Monday (25 April).

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