German Minister of Economic Affairs and Climate Protection Robert Habeck has announced the launch of an emergency plan in the event of a cessation of energy supplies from Russia. He made the statement at a press conference in Berlin.
“Russia has made a number of statements that if this [оплаты за энергоносители в рублях] if it does not happen, then deliveries will be stopped. To prepare for such a situation, this morning I announced the first level of warning under the gas directive, “Habek said on March 30 (quoted by TASS).
According to him, at the first stage of the three possible crisis headquarters is being created in the department, the situation is carefully monitored and assessed.
The German minister also added that at the moment “full supply of all gas consumers in the country is provided.” “There is enough gas in the markets,” he said. At the same time, Habek said, “we must step up precautions to be prepared in the event of an escalation by Russia.”
The Minister said that Germany will not pay for natural gas supplied by Russia in rubles, thereby violating existing contracts for energy supplies. He reminded that the G7 countries had previously expressed a similar opinion.
According to an explanation on the agency’s website, the relevant gas emergency plan has three levels of escalation: early warning, alert and emergency. The first stage is introduced when there are concrete, serious and reliable signs that an event may occur, which will result in a significant deterioration of the gas supply situation.
On March 28, Russian President Dmitry Peskov’s spokesman said Moscow was working on details of gas supplies to unfriendly countries for rubles, but did not intend to engage in “pan-European charity” if Europe refused to pay in Russian. “It is clear that we will not supply gas for free. This can be said with absolute confidence, “he said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin also instructed the Central Bank, the government and Gazprom to report by March 31 on measures to transfer payments for gas supplies in rubles.
On March 23, at a meeting with the government, the head of state announced that the country would transfer payments for gas supplies to Europe in rubles as soon as possible. According to him, the collective West has crossed trust in its currencies.