An agreement can be worked out by the EC by the end of May in order to implement a plan to reduce the EU’s dependence on Russian energy carriers.
The European Union intends to cooperate with African states, in particular with Angola, Nigeria and Senegal, in the energy sector in order to reduce its dependence on Russian gas imports. This was reported by Bloomberg with reference to the EU document.
According to him, an agreement with African countries on gas supplies can be worked out by the European Commission (EC) as early as May as part of a package of measures to implement a plan to reduce the EU’s dependence on Russian energy carriers.
Earlier, the EC recalled that EU states receive 40% of gas, 27% of oil and 46% of coal from the Russian Federation. The embargo on coal supplies has become part of the fifth package of sanctions against Russia. It was approved in April and will come into force from August.
On Monday, European Commissioner for Energy Kadri Simson at a press conference following an emergency meeting of the EU Council in Brussels said that the EC considers payment in rubles for Russian gas to be a violation of the sanctions regime, but in the coming days will provide detailed explanations to community companies on possible further actions and payment methods.