Military action or interrupting energy flow amount to the same threat, says the Czech Deputy Prime Minister. This came as East European leaders voiced their anxiety loud and clear over Russia at a two-day energy security conference in Lithuania.
President Valdas Adamkus drove the point home. He said: “The recent energy crises were a wake-up call for the European Union to start thinking about the need for a common European energy policy. I praise the European Commission for showing leadership in this respect. Indeed, we need a more ambitious and more decisive European integrated energy policy.”
Five nations agreed to work on a study for a pipeline from the Caspian to the Baltic Sea. A diplomat in Vilnius said Azerbaijan would provide the crude oil and that Kazakhstan was also expected to get involved in efforts to diversify EU sources of energy supply.
Russia says it is a reliable supplier of energy, but its willingness to cut gas flows to Ukraine has stoked fears. Russia is the source of a quarter of Europe’s gas. Even traditional Russia ally Belarus has plans to develop its nuclear energy.