25% of Russian gas supplies to Turkey will be paid for in roubles: Putin

The two countries will thrash out an agreement on the matter soon, says Putin

Reuters
Published : 17 Sept 2022, 08:11 AM
Updated : 17 Sept 2022, 08:11 AM

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday that 25% of Russian gas supplies to Turkey would be paid for in roubles, and that an agreement on this would come into force soon.

Speaking during a meeting with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on the sidelines of a Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit in Uzbekistan, Putin said: "Our agreement on deliveries of Russian natural gas to Turkey should come into effect in the near future, with 25% of payment for these deliveries in Russian roubles."

Since Western countries imposed sweeping sanctions over its Feb 24 invasion of Ukraine, Russia has sought to conduct as many transactions as possible in currencies other than dollars or euros - the usual default currencies for energy contracts, in particular.

It has also demanded that payments for some gas exports be made in roubles, in some cases in contravention of existing contract terms.

Several European Union member states including Poland and Bulgaria have had gas supplies from Russia cut off after refusing to make the rouble payments.

Turkey has maintained warmer relations with Russia than European Union countries have.

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