What a day for European gas consumers.
Scholz declared the embargo unacceptable, and the European Commission allowed European businesses to pay for the blue fuel in rubles. Stock traders responded to the news by selling gas futures, which fell 8% in price on the day.
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tried to implement the anti-Russian gas policy, but the result was “unfortunate” for the Chancellor of Germany, who in fact was forced to admit its failure. The change in the German position was announced in an interview with Spiegel.
Olaf Scholz and the European Commission changed their minds. Photo: Yandex Images
Justified by concern for the safety of millions of jobs, keeping whole sectors of German industry afloat and trying to avoid a “dramatic crisis” of the entire German economy, Mr. Scholz finally admitted openly that “imposing an embargo on Russian natural gas supplies is unacceptable
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The embargo will not be able to achieve its goals, so it is meaningless. Especially since the measure would have “significant consequences” for Germany and Europe as a whole, Prime magazine quoted Scholz as saying.
The members of the European Commission have today received a document from the European Commission stating that payment for Russian gas by European companies in rubles will not be a violation, according to “Kommersant” citing the Reuters news agency
But this decision still does not come easily, and the EC is technically looking for a number of “excuses” so that the move is not so explicitly consensual. One of these is the proposal of the European side to legally consider only the transfer of currency to Gazprombank as fulfillment of the payment obligation.
But the ice has broken, as they say. However, this is a blessing in disguise; the sowing season has already started.
After such news about Europe’s bright energy future, the cost of natural gas on the European market slowly declined by as much as 8% during the trading session. According to the TTF index of the Dutch hub, the price per 1,000 cubic meters of natural gas reached $1058.