Minister of Energy of Ukraine German Galushchenko opened the 3rd German-Ukrainian Energy Day in Berlin. The event was also attended by Franziska Brantner, Parliamentary State Secretary at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action.
The Minister thanked the German people for their support and solidarity with Ukraine in the face of russian aggression and stressed the importance of strengthening energy security in Europe.
“russia has long used energy as a weapon. We must deny the aggressor state this leverage over the European continent by reducing dependence on russian energy resources to zero. This is not only a question of energy security, but also of the national security of individual states,” said German Galushchenko.
The Minister pointed out that Germany had shown leadership on this issue, managing to go from being Europe’s largest consumer of russian gas and oil in 2021 to almost zero in 2023 in just a few years. “Your example is inspiring,” he stressed.
The Minister of Energy underlined the importance for Ukraine of cooperation with Germany within the framework of the German-Ukrainian Energy Partnership, both at governmental and business-to-business levels.
“We are continuing and expanding our cooperation in the energy sector. And it is very important that German business is involved in projects that will help not only to rebuild the Ukrainian energy sector, but also to create a modern and sustainable energy system,” he said.