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EU leaders want to end Russian energy imports, but have not been able to.
In one declare Released Friday after the summit in Versailles, France, they said the countries would “gradually eliminate our dependence on Russian imported gas, oil and coal as soon as possible.”
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has “brought war back to Europe”, the 27 leaders said. In response, they pledged to promote economic independence, which means cutting Russian imports of natural gas, oil and coal. Import of energy from Russia last year reached 99 billion euros, the continent’s largest tie to Moscow.
On Thursday, Commission President Ursula von der Leyen proposed 2027 as the definitive end date. That follows a Commission proposal earlier this week to cut Russia’s energy dependence by two-thirds by the end of the year and bring that number to zero “by 2030”.
But national leaders disagree on a specific date this week. Instead, they asked Brussels to come up with a plan by May. After the summit, the Commission will “make a proposal to phase out our dependence on Russian gas, oil and coal, with the support of national and European resources”.
The United States this week ended all Russian energy imports, but cutting the flow of gas pipelines, tankers and coal-laden wagons is a tougher decision for many countries. Europe.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz rejected that option earlier this week, saying that “at present, Europe’s energy supplies for heat production, mobility, electricity supply and industry cannot be guaranteed by any other way”. Germany was the EU’s top Russian energy importer, last year send more than 40 billion euros for Moscow.
Berlin’s stance was echoed by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, the Kremlin’s closest EU ally, who spent much of the week arguing that the ban would expose the country’s energy supplies to the brink of collapse. risk.
Orbán said in a video statement Released Friday morning.
Other countries, led by Poland and the Baltic states, have urged an immediate end to Russian energy imports.
That matches the request from Kyiv.
“The ultimate goal is energy independence from Russian resources. And Russia’s decision to impose an embargo on oil is one of the steps to achieving that.” speak Ukraine’s Energy Minister, Germany Galushchenko, added that Russia’s invasion has fueled a “revolution” in global energy as Moscow is excluded from most of the market.
“The system of energy consumption and energy markets in general that existed before the war will no longer exist. This system will change globally,” he said. “Unfortunately, however, this revolution is taking place at the cost of Ukrainian lives.”
Russia’s energy cuts come at a time when the EU is reeling from the impact of months of high natural gas prices – prompting some countries, notably Spain and France, to demand reforms. block power market rules. Von der Leyen said the Commission would present options for doing so by mid-May.
The leaders also asked the Commission to come up with a plan to ensure supply security and affordable energy prices for next winter. It will be discussed at the next Council of Europe important conference on March 24th.
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