According to Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius, events in Ukraine revealed the EU’s dependency and energy vulnerability, which allows third countries abusing their monopoly position on the fragmented energy market of Europe.
“In the light of the situation in Ukraine, we can clearly see how important energy security is. Therefore, we welcome the European Commission‘s initiative to create the EU’s Energy Union which will allow the EU to invest into infrastructure projects which aim at increasing energy security,” said the minister. He also stressed that the liquefied natural gas terminal in Klaipėda, constructed by Lithuania alone, at the moment is the first and the only gas supply alternative in the entire region.
Ministers agreed to seek better economic integration of Eastern partners and their stronger cooperation with the EU during the Eastern Partnership Summit in Riga this May.