Extracts from the press briefing by José Manuel Barroso on the resolution of the Russia/Ukraine gas dispute and the resumption of gas supplies to Europe

Type: Summary of press conference   Reference: I-060237   Duration: 10:03:39  Lieu:
End production: 20/01/2009   First transmission: 20/01/2009
On 20 January 2009, José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, held a press briefing on the resolution of the gas dispute between Russia and Ukraine and the resumption of gas supplies to Europe. He welcomed the resumption of gas supplies to Europe but expressed his concerns for the lateness. José Manuel Barroso also said that this crisis confirmed the need for the diversification strategy proposed by the European Commission.

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10:00:00 Title 00:00:05
10:00:05 Exterior view of the Berlaymont Commission building 00:00:06
10:00:11 Arrival of José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC 00:00:07
10:00:18 SOUNDBITE by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH): today we can – finally – welcome the resumption of gas supplies to Europe; the Russian side opened the valves this morning and the Ukrainian side has allowed the gas to flow; our monitors on the ground report that gas is flowing normally, pressure is building up in the system and gas is indeed coming to Europe, namely to Slovakia; afterwards in the technical briefing our experts will explain to you the terms of this transmission of gas to Europe; so we can now tell our citizens: the gas is finally on its way. 00:00:45
10:01:04 Cutaway 00:00:07
10:01:12 SOUNDBITE by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH): gas that should come from Russia through Ukraine to the EU is not coming; so this is an objective fact is not a "procès d'intention"; so as a measure of prudence we have to take this in consideration for the future; so, by definition, diversification is part of an energy security strategy; diversification of countries of origin, diversification of transit routes and of course diversification of the sources of energy itself; this has been said before this crisis; this crisis has confirmed what we have said when we were proposing this diversification strategy to our Member States; it is completely unwise for one country to rely only on one supplier. 00:00:55
10:02:07 Cutaway 00:00:05
10:02:13 SOUNDBITE by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH): there were announcements several times that the agreement was reached and the day after or sometimes even the same day no consequences on the ground; this is -I believe- very negative for the credibility of any country in the world; when we sign an agreement, or even without signing an agreement, when we give our word, consequences should follow; and during this crisis, several times it happened that we were told by both Russian leadership and Ukrainian leadership that something was going to happen and afterwards nothing happened; I will not forget that. 00:00:42
10:02:56 Cutaway 00:00:05
10:03:01 SOUNDBITE by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH): there are also international obligations; there is the Energy Charter that was signed not ratified by Russia, and signed and ratified by Ukraine; so I believe there was here apart from some private responsibilities in terms of relations between companies, some problems of international responsibility in terms of public international law; and in fact, we were preparing this action. 00:00:37
10:03:39 José Manuel Barroso leaving 00:00:05
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