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‘EU wants to get rid of Russian fossil fuels’

US President Joe Biden and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen this morning signed a deal where the US and EU have agreed on a “joint game plan” towards a secure, clean energy future. 

EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said the US president’s presence in Brussels this week “sends a very powerful message to the world”. 

She said: “The transatlantic partnership stands stronger and more united than ever, and we are determined to stand up against Russia’s brutal war.

“This war will be a strategic failure for Putin. Our cooperation on the four successive waves of sanctions against Russia has been extraordinary and exceptional. The sanctions are now working their way deep into the Russian system. Draining Putin’s resources to finance this atrocious war.”

Ursula von der Leyen added: “Our work on sanctions also shows that when we act together, we’re stronger and we really can make a difference.” 

On the EU’s new gas deal with the US, Ms von der Leyen thanked the American people for their “unwavering support”. 

“This support also extends to strengthening Europe’s energy security and independence from Russian fossil fuels. As you know, we aim to reduce this dependency on Russian fossil fuels and to get rid of it. 

“And this can only be achieved through, of course, first of all, investment in renewable, but also through additional gas supplies, including LNG deliveries.”


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