Western countries have actually stolen more than $300 billion from Russia by taking money meant to pay for Russian gas. This was stated by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in an interview with Al Arabiya TV channel.
“The contracts that were signed before this situation provided for payments in dollars and euros. These payments were made directly to Gazprom’s accounts and were held in Western banks. When, after the special military operation in Ukraine began, our Western “friends” stole more than $300 billion from us, in fact they stole what they themselves had paid for gas. In other words, they have been using our gas for free all these years”, the minister said.
Lavrov said that Russia decided to switch gas payments to rubles to stop the “shameless robbery” by the West.
“This is an absolutely necessary scheme to avoid a continuation of the shameless plunder in which these countries are involved,” he said. – “London, Washington, Brussels are discussing the possibility of confiscating the money they have frozen or handing it over to someone else.
Lavrov said key partners who buy gas from Russia have already switched to paying for raw materials in rubles.
“Most of Russia’s key partners buying gas have already switched to that method of payment [in rubles],” the Russian foreign minister said.
According to him, the payment scheme offered by Moscow for Russian gas does not change anything for buyers. “If they refuse from the ruble scheme, it turns out they don’t want us to get money for their own goods. It’s their choice,” said the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry. – If Poland and Bulgaria put their ideological ambitions above the interests of their people, the interests of their budget, then it’s their choice.