Russia’s energy giant Gazprom says it has signed an agreement with China to start payments for gas supplies to China in yuan and roubles instead of US dollars, in a sign of warming relations between Beijing and Moscow, which is under Western sanctions.
“The new payment mechanism is a mutually beneficial, timely, reliable and practical solution,” Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller was quoted as saying in a statement following a video conference meeting with the head of China’s oil group CNPC, Dai Houliang.
Miller added that it will “simplify calculations” and “become an excellent example for other companies”.
Miller informed his Chinese counterpart of the “status of work on the project for gas supplies via ‘the eastern route’ – the ‘Power of Siberia’ gas pipeline” which connects the Russian and Chinese gas networks, the Gazprom statement said.
Gazprom did not provide further details on the scheme or say when payments would switch from dollars into roubles and yuan.
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