Visit of Günther Oettinger, in Moscow: extracts from the joint press conference with Alexander Novak, Russian Minister for Energy
Type: Summary of press conference
On 29 August 2014, Günther Oettinger, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Energy, travelled to Moscow, Russia where he met with Alexander Novak, Russian Minister for Energy.
On this oocasion, they held a joint press conference following their bilateral meeting.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Arrival of Günther Oettinger, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Energy, and of Alexander Novak, Russian Minister for Energy, to the press conference, in Moscow, Russia
||Soundbite by Günther Oettinger (in GERMAN) saying that his visit to Moscow comes as the situation has evolved in the southern Ukraine. The entry of Russian soldiers with tanks and weapons will destroy the face of Minsk. The respect for borders and sovereignty of a state is a prerequisite for peacekeeping. The EU has always said, even in the midst of the crisis, that gas should not be used as a weapon for sanctions.
||Cutaway of the speakers
||Soundbite by Günther Oettinger (in GERMAN) saying that energy partnership between the EU and Russia was built in the tenth year of the Cold War and has stably developed since then. This is to ensure a continuous flow of gas and electricity for Russia first, and then for the EU. It is the duty of the EU to ensure that these negotiations are also positive for the citizens of Ukraine, the Baltic States, candidate countries, and some smaller countries like Moldova. The EU and Russia are working on that. Today they have a clearer picture and a common analysis of strengths and weaknesses in view of the upcoming winter. They analysed the storage capacity and the daily flows. They also clarified very specific questions with Gazprom about what can be achieved by mid-October, to ensure an adequate level of reserves for the winter without interruption from October to late March.
||Alexander Novak (2 shots)