The Latvian authorities are planning to refuse Russian gas supplies, said the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the republic, Edgar Rinkevich, in an interview with Al Jazeera TV channel.
“We plan to build gas supply stations and do without Russian gas,”— the minister said (quote from RIA Novosti).
The head of the Foreign Ministry also believes that the Latvian authorities are confident that NATO will support the Baltic countries in repelling “any threats.”
On March 31, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on gas payments with “unfriendly” countries in rubles. Starting April 1, companies from Western countries must open two accounts with Gazprombank: one in foreign currency and one in rubles. The payment for deliveries will first go to the currency account, after which the bank will sell the currency on the stock exchange, and the received rubles will be credited to the second account. Payment will be considered completed only from the moment the funds are credited to the ruble account.
At the same time, the Kremlin did not rule out that they could cancel the new payment scheme, “if other conditions come.” WEIGHT refused to make calculations according to this scheme.
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After the decree of the Russian president, natural gas from Russia ceased to flow to Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, Uldis Bariss, head of the operator of the Latvian gas transmission system Conexus Baltic Grid (Conexus), said.
Then he spoke that gas is supplied to Latvia by the Klaipeda liquefied natural gas terminal and the Incukalns underground th gas storage, and the last of them “has an unusual amount of gas for this period,” Bariss noted. Therefore, the country has no reason to worry about its energy security in the next few months, he believes.
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