Russian Sakhalin Energy Investments Co is asking the buyers of its liquefied natural gas to pay for it via the Moscow branch of an international bank, Reuters has reported , citing unnamed sources. The source added that the Russian company was also in talks to change the currency, in which the payments for LNG are made from U.S. dollars. Some buyers of Sakhalin LNG were already making their payments via the designated bank, but in dollars, the sources also said. The move is part of a wider push to move payments for Russian hydrocarbons from the U.S. dollar to other currencies, including the ruble. Russia is already asking for ruble payments for the gas it exports to European countries. Currently, there are two Japanese companies buying LNG from Sakhalin Energy Investments Co., which Moscow moved to basically nationalize earlier this year. This would happen by setting up a new […]