Greek DEPA completes payment to Gazprom for April gas deliveries – report

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ATHENS, May 23 (Reuters) – DEPA Commercial, Greece’s biggest gas importer, paid Russian gas producer Gazprom (GAZP.MM) in euros for deliveries of natural gas in April, the agency reported on Monday. of Athens’ semi-public press.

State-controlled DEPA Commercial has a gas supply contract with Gazprom that expires in 2026.

The transaction was concluded in accordance with May 19 directives from the European Commission, without breaching sanctions against Russia for its invasion of Ukraine and EU decisions, according to the report, citing unnamed sources.

The debate over Russia’s demand that foreign buyers pay for gas in rubles has tested the resolve of European governments to take a hard line against Moscow over the war in Ukraine.

Poland, Bulgaria and Finland refused to comply with Moscow’s demand that importers pay for gas through ruble accounts with Gazprombank and their supplies were cut off.

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