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Italian energy firm Eni is preparing to set up an account in Gazprombank to make ruble payments for Russian gas, Bloomberg reported on Thursday, after the European Union criticized Russia’s decision to shut off gas supplies to Poland and Bulgaria as “blackmail,” and warned companies against breaching sanctions by complying with Russia’s demands.

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According to Bloomberg, Eni’s decision to open a ruble account with a Russian bank is a “precautionary measure” which could allow it to comply with Russian President’s Vladimir Putin’s demands that “unfriendly nations” pay for gas using Russian currency.

Companies in Europe are seeking more direction from European Union authorities on the issue but the report adds that another major purchaser of Russian gas, Germany’s Uniper, believes it can continue to purchase Russian gas without breaking any rules.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen accused Russia of using fossil fuels to “blackmail” EU nations and said the Kremlin’s actions to cut off supply to Poland and Bulgaria “failed” to create divisions in the bloc.

Von der Leyen also warned European companies against bending to Russia’s payment demands, noting that it would be a “breach of sanctions” and pose a risk to the companies.

The confusion around the issue has reportedly prompted several member nations to seek more clarity from the EU on dealing with Russia’s demand to pay in rubles, believing that the current advice is too ambiguous.

Poland and Bulgaria have told the EU they have alternative supply arrangements in place and the move does not yet pose a threat to their economies.

Forbes has reached out to Eni for a comment.