Today in Vilnius, the Minister of Energy of Ukraine German Galushchenko and the Minister of Energy of Lithuania Dainius Kreivys held the first meeting of the Working Group on Expanding Strategic Energy Cooperation between the Ministry of Energy of Ukraine and the Ministry of Energy of Lithuania.
The key topics for discussion were energy security, decarbonization of energy sector, integration of energy markets of Ukraine and Europe. Ukraine has already successfully implemented most of the technical measures required to synchronize the Ukrainian power system with ENTSO-E.
"Ukraine has made its strategic geopolitical choice - complete disconnection from the energy systems of Russia and Belarus and full integration into European energy markets. Synchronization of the Ukrainian and Lithuanian energy systems with ENTSO-E is a mutually beneficial process for our countries and the EU, which will increase the flexibility of the European energy system and ensure the resilience of Europe to geopolitical threats," German Galushchenko said.
The participants of the meeting paid special attention to confronting geopolitical threats in the energy sector of the European region.
"Lithuania is concerned not only about the safety of the Ostrovets nuclear power plant, but also about its wider impact on the region's electricity architecture. Imports of electricity from the Ostrovets Nuclear Power Plant to the Baltic States may hinder the successful synchronization process and undermine the development of green energy production and reserve capacity in the Baltic States. Lithuania is taking all measures to avoid this," said Lithuanian Energy Minister Dainius Kreivys.
German Galushchenko focused on the threats of a possible launch of Nord Stream 2 and the need to coordinate the efforts of Ukraine and the EU to counter shared threats.