Bloomberg: Presidential Aide Maxim Oreshkin Offered to Sell Gas for Rubles Vladimir Putin's aide Maxim Oreshkin did not deny or confirm that it was he who developed the new payment scheme for “unfriendly countries”, but called it effective
The idea of selling gas to "unfriendly countries" for rubles was offered by the assistant to the president, the former head of the Ministry of Economic Development Maxim Oreshkin, writes with reference to Bloomberg sources.
Oreshkin himself, in a commentary to the agency, refused to confirm or deny this information, but stated that he “considers the effect of the gas payment scheme in rubles as a positive.”
Russia introduced the mechanism of paying for gas in rubles in April against the backdrop of sanctions imposed due to the military operation in Ukraine. According to the established scheme, companies from “unfriendly states” now they must open foreign currency and ruble accounts with Gazprombank and pay for supplies in euros or dollars, which the bank then converts into Russian currency and credits to a ruble account. According to Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak, most of Gazprom's European clients by mid-June, they switched to a new payment scheme. The Russian authorities did not name the author of this idea.
As noted by Bloomberg, Oreshkin also participated in the work to prevent the negative consequences of disconnecting Russian banks from SWIFT and opposed the tightening of state regulation in the economy. In a commentary to the agency, he stressed that Russia is not going to abandon the market economy: rather, on the contrary, “private initiative is now especially encouraged, which the president constantly notes in his speeches.”
RBC turned to Maxim Oreshkin for comment.
The presidential aide visited Iran in July with Vladimir Putin, which, like Russia now, lives under heavy Western sanctions. Oreshkin said Moscow's ideas for circumventing restrictions are “much better” Iranian.
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Oreshkin is 40 years old Before the government, he held senior positions in the Central Bank, Rosbank, VTB Capital. In 2013, he became director of the long-term strategic planning department of the Ministry of Finance, in 2015 — Deputy Minister of Finance, and in 2016— Minister of Economic Development. In January 2020, Oreshkin took the position of Putin's assistant.
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