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The Italian energy corporation Eni plans to open ruble accounts with Gazprombank while the company paid for fuel supplies only in European currency, Bloomberg was told by people familiar with sources.
Opening a ruble account may allow the company to meet Russia's demand for a new format of payments for gas, but so far this step is precautionary, the agency's interlocutors said. Bloomberg writes that Eni is contacting the governments of Italy and the European Union for additional clarification on the possibility and conditions for using such accounts to pay for Russian gas.
Eni's next payment for gas from Russia will take place no earlier than the second half of May, Bloomberg points out.
Russian gas supplies cover 40% of Italy's needs for this fuel, but now Rome intends to diversify suppliers , in order to prevent a shortage of energy resources, the newspaper La Repubblica wrote in early April, pointing to the attempts of the country's authorities to find other gas exporters.
At the same time, the head of the Italian Foreign Ministry, Luigi di Maio, visited Azerbaijan and met with the President of the Republic, Ilham Aliyev, who noted significant trade ties between Rome and Baku. “I am sure that this year this figure will increase due to the growth of Azerbaijani gas supplies to Italy,” — Aliyev said.
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