Germany says EU must end dependence on Russian oil and gas
Foreign Minister Baerbock accuses Russia of using energy as a weapon, in a hybrid war on Ukraine and West
Speaking at a news conference in Prague with her Czech counterpart, Baerbock argued that Russian President Vladimir Putin is using energy as a weapon in a hybrid war on Ukraine and the West.
“Therefore, it’s very important for us to end dependence on Russian fossil fuel imports,” she said, adding that the EU member states will continue to take steps towards that goal, maintain their unity and determination.
“In this way we underscore our unity, demonstrate that we will not be divided,” she stressed.
Member states agreed to reduce their gas demand by 15% compared to their average consumption in the past five years, between Aug. 1, 2022 and March 31, 2023.