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Russia’s top lawmaker warned the EU that if it wanted Russian natural gas then it would have to pay in roubles, and cautioned that oil, grain, metals, fertiliser, coal and timber exports could also soon be priced in roubles.

“If you want gas, find roubles,” Vyacheslav Volodin, the speaker of the lower house of parliament, said.

“Moreover, it would be right – where it is beneficial for our country, to widen the list of export products priced in roubles to include: fertiliser, grain, food oil, oil, coal, metals, timber etc.”

It was not immediately clear whether such a move could become official Russian policy, though Putin, when announcing the rouble decision for natural gas, said it was only the start of the process.