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  • Refusal from russian gas and restoration of Ukraine: meeting between German Galushchenko and Italian Environment and Energy Minister Gilberto Fratin
    Ministry of Energy of Ukraine, posted 15 February 2024 14:13

    Minister of Energy of Ukraine German Galushchenko met with Minister of the Environment and Energy Security of Italy Gilberto Fratin on the sidelines of the High-Level Ministerial Meeting in Paris dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the International Energy Agency.

    The topics of the conversation included the participation of Italian partners in the restoration of the Ukrainian energy sector, as well as coordination of efforts at the international level to strengthen energy security in Europe.

    German Galushchenko thanked Italy for more than 300 tonnes of equipment provided to Ukrainian power engineers.

    The parties also discussed the implementation of the Memorandum of Cooperation on Energy Transition and Renewable Energy Development signed between the relevant ministries during the COP28 Climate Change Conference.

    Gilberto Fratin said that Italy would continue to support Ukraine and was ready to participate in the reconstruction of energy infrastructure in line with the goals of the green transition. The Italian side also assured that it would keep assistance to Ukraine in the focus of international attention, in particular during its presidency of the G7 group.

    Particular attention was paid to nuclear and radiation safety issues. The parties also discussed cooperation within the working group on nuclear and radiation safety to implement the provisions of President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s Peace Formula. The head of the Ministry of Energy thanked the Italian side for its active participation in its work.

    In addition, German Galushchenko emphasised the need to impose sanctions on rosatom and remove the aggressor, which was engaged in nuclear terrorism on the territory of Ukraine, from global markets.

    The parties also addressed the issue of extending the contract for the transit of russian gas to European countries through Ukraine. The Italian side informed that after the outbreak of a full-scale war in Ukraine, it was able to change the supplier of natural gas. Previously, Italy imported about 40% of its natural gas needs from russia. “Today, we are independent of russian gas supplies,” said Gilberto Fratin.

    “Intensive discussions are underway on what will happen in Europe if gas transit through Ukraine is cut off. There are countries that will find it extremely difficult if the transit stops. However, most of Europe is definitely ready for this, as European Commissioner Kadri Simson has confirmed,” said German Galushchenko.