Romania to offer energy infrastructure to EU to reduce dependence on Russian gas

Presedintele Klaus Iohannis si Prime ministru Spaniei Pedro Sanchez. Adminitratia presidentialao O
Presedintele Klaus Iohannis si Prime ministru Spaniei Pedro Sanchez. Administratia presidentiala.

Romania will offer its energy infrastructure to diversify the supply of natural gas and reduce dependence on Russia, the president said Thursday.

President Klaus Iohannis made the statements after meeting Spanish Prime Minister Spain, Pedro Sanchez in Bucharest for talks on the war in Ukraine, security, the humanitarian crisis and energy issues.

“We are concerned about the impact of the energy crisis in Ukraine, especially as we are facing a substantial rise in energy prices even before this crisis,” the Romanian leader said.

Energy security for the European Union has „increased strategic importance,” he added.

The European Commission plans to cut dependence on Russian gas by two thirds this year and end all Russian fossil fuel imports well before 2030, Reuters reported.  

The goal will be hard to achieve and could trigger a competitive and costly dash for the fuel at a time when energy prices are already high.

Romania and Spain share the same views on developing gas pipelines, ensuring connections and increasing production and storage capacity, the Romanian leader added.

„Romania is willing to provide its own energy infrastructure to diversify the supply of natural gas from multiple sources “, he added.

The issues will be discussed next week at the European Council and NATO Summit in Brussels, he said.

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