Damascus claims France involved in staging Khan Sheikhoun chemical attackWorld April 27, 12:23
Russian Investigative Committee denies Tu-154 crashed in Sochi due to overloadWorld April 27, 12:12
Russian intelligence chief doubts Trump’s election pledges to fight terrorism 'sincere'Russian Politics & Diplomacy April 27, 11:11
Foreign intelligence chief says current ideological standoff worse than Cold War eraRussian Politics & Diplomacy April 27, 11:10
Russian diplomat believes Western obsession with Assad leads to dead endRussian Politics & Diplomacy April 27, 10:30
Maria Sharapova wins first match after disqualificationSport April 27, 9:38
Abe expects progress in talks on peace treaty with RussiaWorld April 27, 9:06
Media: Israeli Air Force strike hits area near Damascus airportWorld April 27, 8:35
Russian diplomat believes US strikes on Syria make no military or political senseRussian Politics & Diplomacy April 27, 8:30
MOSCOW, April 07. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian gas giant Gazprom is considering more active use of the ruble in settlements with foreign contractors, Vedomosti business daily reported on Monday, quoting Gazprom spokesperson Sergei Kupriyanov.
“We have agreed with our buyers on possible conversion of the contracts into euro. Almost all, to say precisely, 95%, of purchasers confirmed that they were prepared to shift to settlements in euro,” Dyukov was quoted as saying.
“In a vague situation over sanctions we have considered different scenarios, including a certain alternative plan. In essence, there is nothing impossible in converting deals from US dollars to euro and euro to rubles. Certainly, it is needed to explore the effectiveness of this approach and this issue remains open personally for me,” the citation added.
Board chairman at VTB bank Andrei Kostin has put forward an initiative to pass urgently to settlements in rubles in exports, Vedemosti's story said. “Supplies of Gazprom, [Russian oil major] Rosneft and [Russian arms exporter] Rosoboronexport make about $230 billion annually, or 44% of aggregate commodity export," said the report, adding that "The West appeals to isolate Russia using US dollar settlements as nuclear weapons in finances.”
Kostin added that Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller, Rosneft President Igor Sechin and Director General of Russian technologies state corporation Rostec Sergei Chemezov had told him they were prepared to pass to settlements in rubles, the paper said.