Russia cannot blackmail the EU with its energy resources -Von der Leyen By Reuters

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen attends the weekly college meeting of the European Commission, in Brussels, Belgium March 16, 2022. Olivier Hoslet/Pool via REUTERS

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Russia cannot blackmail Europe with its energy resources and will not be allowed to circumvent sanctions by demanding rubles for its oil and gas deliveries, the European Commission President said on Thursday. , Ursula von der Leyen.

“It would be a unilateral decision and a clear breach of contract,” Von der Leyen said of Russia’s demand to be paid in rubles.

“It would be an attempt to circumvent sanctions. We will not allow our sanctions to be circumvented. The days when energy could be used to blackmail us are over.”

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