Some exporters of Russian gas agree on Ruble payments: Hungarian FM
Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto accuses European states of hypocrisy regarding the payments of Russian gas.
Several European gas suppliers to Russia have agreed to new payment terms in rubles, but are keeping it quiet and disseminating misleading information about Hungary's attitude on the subject, according to Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto on Friday.
"I would ask you not to spread the false information that there is ostensibly a common stance of the European Union, which we, Hungarians, shy away from. This is a lie, it is untrue, the only [problem is that] others are not honest enough, and the international liberal media turn a blind eye to their devious approach. We don't want to be sly, we are being open about this issue. It is natural for us to pay for gas to ensure it is supplied," Szijjarto said at a press conference.
The Foreign Minister exposed the hypocrisy of western firms that agreed to Russia's requirements but did not publicly announce their decision.
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"And we will keep doing this [buying Russian gas], like others, I would like to emphasize, like others, meaning that it is not true that others have refused, they just do not talk about it so openly for various reasons," the Hungarian FM added.
Czech Republic will not pay for Russian gas in Rubles: PM
On his part, Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala stated on Friday that the Czech Republic has no intentions to pay for the Russian gas supply in rubles.
"As for the ruble payment, the Czech Republic does not intend to give in to Russia's blackmail. Other countries that agree to this are making a mistake. It is a violation of sanctions. It is dangerous," Fiala said at a joint press conference with his Polish counterpart, Mateusz Morawiecki.
Moreover, yesterday, Poland continued buying Russian gas despite Russia's Gazprom suspending direct supplies to the country following a series of aggressive actions. The Russian gas giant said Warsaw was obtaining gas in reverse from Germany in the amount of some 30 million cubic meters per day.