Ambassador Tsunis: Alexandroupoli key to breaking Russia’s gas monopoly
The United States is proud proudly to support “Greece’s leadership role in redrawing the energy map of southeast Europe, diversifying energy sources with its Balkan neighbors and helping to break Russia’s gas monopoly,” the US Ambassador George Tsunis has said.
“The Alexandroupoli FSRU [floating gas and regasification unit] plays a key role in achieving regional energy and climate goals,” Tsunis added, in a tweet, after visiting the northern city of Alexandroupoli with four fellow ambassadors from Balkan countries: Bulgaria, Moldova, Romania and Ukraine.
The US proudly supports Greece’s leadership role redrawing the energy map of southeast Europe, diversifying energy sources w/ its Balkan neighbors and helping to break Russia’s gas monopoly. The Alexandroupoli FSRU plays a key role in achieving regional energy and climate goals. pic.twitter.com/MIUjzjd2cd
“Great to visit Alexandroupoli port with fellow Ambassadors, underscoring its importance for US and Europe. Alexandroupoli is key to strengthening regional stability and prosperity, energy diversification and support for NATO,” the ambassador said.
In a subsequent statement, he highlighted the port’s significance as a hub for energy and commerce and as a logistics hub for the alliance, noting that this was Greece taking the lead, as a partner providing stability and prosperity for the entire region.
He also described Alexandroupoli “as one of the many strategic advantages that Greece brings to the table” and praised the country’s reliability as a partner.
The ambassador also emphasized his strong conviction that Greece’s collective security lies in a strong relationship with the United States, the European Union and NATO. He noted that if one looked at the region, and the regional challenges that exist, the US turns to its key NATO ally, Greece, to work together with respect and efficiency in order to ensure that both countries are “exporters of stability.”
“We have found a very sincere and capable partner in Greece to do this important work,” he added.
In a separated statement, the vice-president and CEO of Gastrade, Kostis Sifnaios, said that everything was progressing on schedule and repeated that the FSRU will be ready to begin operating on January 1, 2024.
During their visit, the five ambassadors also met local government officials, the head of the Alexandroupoli port authority and the city’s metropolitan bishop, Anthimos.