Putin reassured that gas supply is secure: Austrian Chancellor

April 14, 2022 / 7:39 PM
Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer speaks during press conference at the Austrian embassy in Moscow after his talks with Russian President
Sharjah 24 – KUNA: Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer revealed, Thursday, that the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, affirmed gas supply to Austria is secure as Russia will be delivering the agreed-upon quantities and payments can continue to be in euros.
Chancellor Nehammer in an interview published by the Austrian national news agency stated that he is still in opposition to sanctioning gas imports from Russia, saying that Austria, Germany, Bulgaria, Romania, and Hungary all heavily depend on it.

He added that embargoing gas imports will severely and adversely affect both Austrian industries and households.

Putin had responded to western sanctions by requiring that payments in exchange for Russian energy be made in ruble rather than euros or dollars and issued a decree necessitating that transactions are made through the Russian bank, Gazprom.

As for Finland and Sweden's request to join NATO, the chancellor replied that it is a byproduct of the war Putin did not take into account.

In concluding his talk, Nehammer reaffirmed Austria will continue with its neutral state, put into effect in 1955, after the Second World War and the withdrawal of foreign forces from Austrian lands.
April 14, 2022 / 7:39 PM

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