Russians Energy Minster says ` Domestic Gas Prices in `Europe ' Could Rise by 50 Percent if it Cut's Supplies from Russia '

#AceFinanceNews – EUROPE – April 04 – (RT) – “Moving away from pipeline transportation of natural gas, construction of terminals and deliveries of liquefied natural gas will lead to an increase in gas prices in Europe from the current $380 per 1,000 cubic metres to at least $550,” Novak said in an interview to the Russia 24 TV Channel.

“And the question arises: are the economies of European countries ready to supply and consume gas at such a price?” the Minister asked.

The US has insisted that Europe needs to urgently cut its dependence on Russian gas, with the US Secretary of State John Kerry saying Moscow should no’t use energy exports as a political weapon.

“It really boils down to this: no nation should use energy to stymie a people’s aspirations,” Kerry said in Brussels on Thursday, the same day Russia’s Gazprom increased the price to Ukraine another $100 per 1,000 cubic metres.

On Wednesday the US and EU reaffirmed their plan to move away from Russian gas, stressing that developments in Ukraine “have brought energy security concerns to the fore” .

Meanwhile, Russian energy companies have started to feel the pulse in markets outside Europe, mostly focusing on Asia.

Gazprom talked to Kuwait and Egypt about increasing LNG supplies and hopes to sign a long-term supply deal with China next month.

Also, the president of Russia’s oil major Rosneft has toured Japan, South Korea, Vietnam and India.

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` Top Russian Officials push to Remove the `Petrodollar ' in Favour of other `BRICS' or Alternative Currencies '

#AceFinanceNews – Worldwide News – April 04 – (INS) – The existence of “petrodollars” is one of the pillars of America’s economic might because it creates a significant external demand for American currency, allowing the US to accumulate enormous debts without defaulting.

If a Japanese buyer want to buy a barrel of Saudi oil, he has to pay in dollars even if no American oil company ever touches the said barrel. Dollar has held a dominant position in global trading for such a long time that even Gazprom’s natural gas contracts for Europe are priced and paid for in US dollars.

Until recently, a significant part of EU-China trade had been priced in dollars.

Lately, China has led the BRICS efforts to dislodge the dollar from its position as the main global currency, but the “sanctions war” between Washington and Moscow gave an impetus to the long-awaited scheme to launch the petroruble and switch all Russian energy exports away from the US currency .

The main supporters of this plan are Sergey Glaziev, the economic aide of the Russian President and Igor Sechin, the CEO of Rosneft, the biggest Russian oil company and a close ally of Vladimir Putin. Both have been very vocal in their quest to replace the dollar with the Russian ruble.


Now, several top Russian officials are pushing the plan forward.

First, it was the Minister of Economy, Alexei Ulyukaev who told Russia 24 news channel that the Russian energy companies must should ditch the dollar. “ They must be braver in signing contracts in rubles and the currencies of partner-countries, ” he said.

Reuters reports, that Russia is close to entering a goods-for-oil swap transaction with Iran that will give Rosneft around 500,000 barrels of Iranian oil per day to sell in the global market. The White House and the russophobes in the Senate are livid and are trying to block the transaction because it opens up some very serious and nasty scenarios for the petrodollar. If Sechin decides to sell this Iranian oil for rubles, through a Russian exchange, such move will boost the chances of the “petroruble” and will hurt the petrodollar.

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` Italy will Close ` Four Embassies ‘ and Abolish Post of UNESCO Representative to Cut State Expenditure ‘

#AceFinanceNews – ROME – April 04 – Italy will close four embassies and abolish a post of its representative in UNESCO as part of a program to curtail state expenditure, RIA Novosti reported.

Its embassies in Honduras, Iceland, the Dominican Republic and Mauritania will be closed.

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` Crimea Requires $3-5 Billion US-Dollars to Achieve Energy Self-Sufficiency according to RFM Yuri Prodan ‘

#AceFinanceNews – KIEV- April 03 – Crimea will need 3-5 years and almost 5 billion U.S. dollars to achieve energy self-sufficiency, parliament-appointed Energy and Coal Industry Minister Yuri Prodan said.

“This is a very complex issue. Crimea is dependent in terms of energy, of course. The autonomy depends on the Ukrainian energy system by 90 percent, and if the ties are broken, the peninsula will face serious energy problems,” he told the Government Courier on Thursday, April 3.

He noted that the question of energy self-sufficiency “will be settled after the adoption of the law on temporarily occupied territories”.

The construction of new power generation capacities for Crimea will cost about 90-100 billion roubles, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said earlier this week.

“On the average, we think that it will cost 1,500-2,000 U.S. dollars to build one kW of generation capacities. So 1,320 MW may cost 90-100 billion roubles at the current exchange rate,” the minister said.

He said natural gas for power generation in Crimea might come from the South Stream gas pipeline to pass by along the Black Sea bottom.

“These will most likely be power plants working on the gas which is extracted here in Crimea and the gas which can be taken from South Stream,” he said.

Crimea’s gas producing company Chernomorneftegaz plans to extract over two billion cubic metres of gas in 2014, which is 15 percent more than the peninsula needs, the CrimeaInform news agency said.

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` Law on the Functioning of of the `Financial System ‘ of ` Crimea ‘ takes Affect today Friday 4 2014 ‘

#AceFinanceNews – MOSCOW – April 04 – The federal law on the functioning of the financial system of Crimea on Friday took effect. It structures the work of the regional credit institutions in accordance with the Russian regulations.

The Crimean financial system at first will be based on the local banks, and then the key credit institutions, working across Russia will come to the sector.

The Crimean financial establishments so far have been allowed to continue their operation if they pass state registration before the end of the year and ensure the lower limit of own capital at 300 million roubles.

The Russian Central Bank (CBR) will control the interest rate on deposits, set the ceiling of tariffs on bank transactions. The operation of all currency exchange offices will be brought in line with the general federal standard by January 1, 2015.

All issues of securities in Crimea are subject to inclusion in the unified state register.

Also, the circulation of shares that are not denominated in roubles is terminated.

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` Russian Lawmaker Proposes to Close all McDonald’s Outlets in Russia and then Deal with Pepsi ‘

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