Russia To Demand “Hostile States” Pay In Rubles For Gas, by Tyler Durden

This is what happens when you make your currency unusable: it quits being used. Russia has no use for dollars now that their foreign exchange reserves have been frozen. Bye bye petrodollar standard. From Tyler Durden at zerohedge.com:

With the ruble mostly stuck in sanctions limbo and trading around 100 to the dollar in recent days (an improvement from the USDRUB 140 hit on March 8), the Kremlin appears to have found a new way to prop up the Russian currency besides merely central bank interventions: make foreign customers of Russian gas demand it.

During an address to the nation moments ago, Vladimir Putin said that Russia will demand that countries it has labeled “unfriendly” (which includes U.S., U.K., and European Union countries) must pay in rubles for Russian gas, Interfax reportedAs a result, Putin ordered the central bank and government in a week’s time to determine the scheme of ruble payments for Russian gas, and also ordered Gazprom to make corresponding changes to gas contracts.

Putin also said that Russia will continue supplying contracted volumes, will only change payment currency.

Following Putin’s comments, the Russian ruble strengthened rising over 5% at MICEX after indicative prices briefly jumped more than 8% twice (its biggest single-day gain since 2014)

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