The decision of Russia's Gazprom to stop supplying fuel to Ukraine pushed the EU to seek ways to decrease the rate of energy dependence from the Russian Federation.
On Tuesday night, three EU officials - Foreign Affairs Committee Chair David McAllister, Chair of Delegation to the EU-Ukraine Parliamentary Association Committee Dariusz Rosati, and EP rapporteur on Ukraine Michael Gahler, - released the following statement (find the full text on the website of the European Parliament):
'We are deeply concerned about the decision made by Gazprom on 1 March 2018 to stop supplying pre-paid gas to Ukraine, as well as about the following announcement of Gazprom's withdrawal from the contract with Naftogaz. This is yet another proof of the instrumentalization of gas supplies as a political tool of pressure by the Russian Federation, which might also impact the EU's energy security'.
'We welcome the willingness of European Commission to play a mediating role, and call on all parties to agree to start as early as possible trilateral consultations in the EU-Ukraine-Russia format and to participate in good faith in these discussions to overcome this tense situation'.
'These recent developments make it even more important for the EU to enhance its energy security by immediately reducing its dependence on oil and gas supplied by authoritarian regimes and by stopping it altogether in the medium term'.
Previously, Russian state-run energy enterprise Gazprom decided to break all the supply and transit contracts with Ukraine, which caused concerns among certain politicians, as well as the press - both in Ukraine and the EU.