The civilised world must learn the lessons of russia's war against Ukraine and get rid of its dependence on russian energy carriers, which the terrorist state uses to manipulate countries.
This was stated by Minister of Energy of Ukraine Herman Galushchenko in a video address to the participants of the Atlantic Council Global Energy Forum to tackle the reconstruction of Ukraine's energy sector, which took place as part of the COP28 conference in Dubai.
"russians use energy as a weapon. The consequences are felt not only in Ukraine, but also in many countries that still consume russian energy and where russians manipulate energy markets. It is critical to learn these lessons," the Minister stressed.
German Galushchenko noted that Ukraine's international partners had already done a lot to eliminate dependence on russian fossil fuels.
"At COP28, we are discussing the green transition, clean energy and climate change. But russia is against all of this. They are against it because they still want to use fossil fuels as a tool to manipulate prices and governments," he added.
The Minister of Energy stressed that the transition to carbon-free energy sources was not just a matter of ecology or electricity generation, it was a matter of national security.
German Galushchenko welcomed the adoption by COP28 countries of a declaration on tripling nuclear power capacity by 2050, emphasising the important role of nuclear energy in the global goal of zero greenhouse gas emissions. Ukraine also joined the declaration on tripling the use of energy from renewable sources.
The Minister of Energy thanked international partners for their support of Ukraine.
"This solidarity will allow us to win this war and get rid of russian energy carriers. And that will be the end of this terrorist empire," he concluded.