The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the European Commission, Josep Borrell, said on Wednesday from Chile that Russia’s decision to cut gas supplies to Poland and Bulgaria will accelerate Europe’s decision to reconvert to green energy.
Borrell began an official visit to the South American country during the day, which will last until May 1. During this he will develop an agenda that includes meetings with ministers of State and talks at the headquarters of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean and at the University of Chile.
After meeting with President Gabriel Boric at the seat of government, Borrell declared that Russia’s decision to cut supplies to two European countries will cause that region to look for options that “do not create dependencies and that do not threaten the climate.”
Russia announced the day before the cut off of gas supplies to Poland and Bulgaria and on Wednesday warned that it could stop the export of the fuel to other countries of the European Union. The region depends in variable percentages on Russian gas, such as Finland with more than 90% and Germany with almost 50%.
“What Russia is doing today is turning a dependency into an act of aggression,” Borrell said, adding that “the 27 European countries will respond firmly and in solidarity.”
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen called the gas decision “another attempt by Russia to use gas as an instrument of blackmail. This is unjustifiable and unacceptable.”
Boric, for his part, reiterated “the call we make from Chile…for Russia to withdraw its troops” from Ukraine.
Finally, Borrell recalled that the European Union has adopted the largest package of sanctions against Russia “that we have ever done”, which he described as “an instrument of pressure to bring to the negotiating table, seek a ceasefire (and) prevent the war from continuing.