UK refuses to pay for petrol in rubles — RT Business News


The British prime minister’s spokesman said on Wednesday that the country would not pay for Russian gas in rubles as Moscow demands. London is in contact with UK businesses who may be concerned about the issue or its impact on industries and manufacturers across Europe, he added.

The statement comes as the Kremlin indicated on Wednesday that all Russian energy and commodity exports may soon be denominated in rubles.

“[Business minister] Kwasi Kwarteng, together with his counterparts, made it clear that they would not pay in rubles,” Johnson’s spokesperson told reporters, adding: “[The business ministry] is obviously in contact with any UK businesses that may have concerns.

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Unlike other countries in Europe, the UK is less dependent on Russian gas supplies. Russia supplies only around 5% of Britain’s gas imports. However, soaring energy prices have affected the economy.

According to the Office for National Statistics, 51% of Britons are currently spending less on non-essential goods due to rising energy costs, 34% are saving gas and electricity at home, while 31% are spending less in food and essential goods. Overall, some 83% of respondents pointed to growth in daily expenses amid rising gas and electricity prices.

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