Putin threatens to turn off Europe’s gas supplies TOMORROW if countries refuse to pay in roubles, saying ‘We get nothing free of charge and we are not going to engage in charity either’

Russia’s Putin today threatened to close down European gas from tomorrow if states refuse to pay in roubles

He said foreign buyers will have to ‘open rouble accounts in Russian banks’ which can be used to pay for gas

According to Gazprom, 58 per cent of its sales of natural gas to Europe as of January 27 were settled in euros

German Economy Minister Robert Habeck today rejected the demand, saying that it amounted to ‘blackmail’

Spokesperson for Prime Minister Boris Johnson said companies are not planning to buy Russian gas in roubles

Putin announced on March 23 that ‘unfriendly’ states would have to pay in roubles in retaliation for sanctions 

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