Both the United States and the European Union will help Ukraine ensure its energy security, the European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, wrote in his blog on Feb. 6.
Borrell is flying to Washington on Feb. 7 to co-chair the EU-U.S. Energy Council with U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken.
“While we seek to address the EU’s own energy and climate goals and enhance our resilience, we must do the same for Ukraine,” the EU’s top diplomat wrote.
He stressed that Ukraine today is already better prepared for any conflict in terms of energy security.
Ukraine had typically relied on gas imports from Russia, but the country pivoted to non-Russian supplies at the onset of Russian aggression and occupation.
“As in the rest of Europe, true energy security can, however, only come through more investment in domestic renewables and better connections with the EU market,” Borrell said.
Before flying to Washington, he noted that this meeting “will be an opportunity to seek even tighter coordination on energy market reforms needed in Ukraine to reinforce corporate governance and transparency ahead of Ukraine’s synchronisation to the European electricity network, planned in 2023.”
Earlier the Financial Times business newspaper reported that the United States is holding discussions with Qatar and other large gas exporters to plan contingency measures in case a Russian invasion of Ukraine disrupts natural gas supplies to Europe.
Brussels is also in talks with some Asian countries on possible LNG swap deals.