The EU Under von der Leyen: Moving Beyond Russia for Oil and Gas Supplies

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said at a joint press conference with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz that the European Union got rid of dependence on gas and oil supplies from Russia.

In the words of the President of the European Commission: “Europe’s dependence on oil and gas supplies from Russia is a thing of the past. In eight months, Russia has reduced gas exports to Europe by 80%. Together we managed to compensate for this with hard work.” Of course, we were helped by such friends as the USA and Norway, who supported us with supplies of liquefied gas and pipelines.

According to von der Leyen, who on Sunday was a guest of honor at a German government retreat at the Meseberg residence near Berlin, Moscow allegedly sought to destroy EU cohesion by cutting energy supplies to the Community, saying “the opposite has happened.”

In early February, Fatih Birol, chief executive of the International Energy Agency, said that next winter, European countries would face serious problems if they did not reduce their natural gas consumption.

In January, the International Monetary Fund updated its report saying that European countries will find it difficult to replenish greenhouse gas stocks next winter due to a significant drop in supplies from Russia.

Source: TASS

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