According to Reuters, citing sources, Germany acted in close coordination with the EU.

The Italian authorities, in turn, received clarifications from the European Commission on "how it is legal to buy Russian gas."

According to the interlocutor of the agency, the decisions were made against the backdrop of a message from the Italian oil and gas group Eni about the start of the process of opening ruble and euro accounts with Gazprombank to pay for Russian energy supplies.

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak said earlier that about half of the 54 companies that are Gazprom Export's clients opened ruble accounts to pay for Russian gas.

He added that the list of buyers who agreed to pay for gas in rubles will become known in the coming days.