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EU-US alliance is “strong message” against using energy as a “geopolitical weapon”. Said Borrell

Borrell and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will co-chair the EU-US Energy Council on Monday in Washington, along with European Energy Commissioner Kadri Simson and US Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm.

The head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell (pictured), considered today that cooperation between the European Union (EU) and the United States of America (USA) in the area of energy sends a “strong message” to those who want to divide the two blocks.

“In cooperation with the US, the EU will continue to promote a global energy transition that is socially just and addresses geopolitical challenges. Tomorrow we will work together on this broad agenda, sending a strong message to those who seek to divide us” and use its supply. as a “geopolitical weapon”, the EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy wrote today on his blog entitled “A window to the world”.

In this article, published on the eve of the EU-US Energy Council, the representative added that a new EU strategy on international energy will be published next spring.

Borrell and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will co-chair the EU-US Energy Council on Monday in Washington, along with European Energy Commissioner Kadri Simson and US Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm.

The meeting will take place ten days after the two sides responded to the concentration of Russian troops along Ukraine’s borders and strengthened their energy alliance to guarantee a “continuous, sufficient and timely” supply of gas to the Community bloc in the event of a crisis, as an eventual Moscow attack on Kyiv.

In a joint statement on January 28, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and US President Joe Biden pledged to “intensify energy cooperation” with the aim of helping EU citizens and businesses and neighboring countries “have reliable and affordable energy supplies”.

In his article today, Borrell also notes that “along with the US and other partners” there is opposition “to the use of energy supply as a geopolitical weapon.”

“We are committed to ensuring the energy security of the EU and our neighbours, including Moldova, Ukraine, and the western Balkans,” he continued.

In his view, the EU should “urgently” consider the development of its gas energy reserves and the possibility of “a joint procurement”.

According to the former Spanish minister, the “immediate” problem that must be addressed is to ensure the security of gas supply, which advocates “greater diversification of import routes and sources”.

With the US, Europe’s largest supplier of liquefied natural gas (LNG), cooperation will be intensified to ensure that EU gas supplies are “safe” over the coming months, the representative added.

At the same time, he noted, Brussels is contacting Norway, Qatar, Azerbaijan, Algeria, and other countries to expand LNG supplies. “We also have to work quickly to better integrate the Iberian Peninsula, which is actually an electrical island in Europe, into the European energy market because it has more LNG reception capabilities than other European countries,” he said.

Source: With Agencies

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