Western Europe’s dependence on Russia as an indispensable source of energy has long been a fraught issue for the EU, complicating already tense relations between Brussels and Moscow. Lithuania and its Baltic neighbours are the EU states must vulnerable to any disruption to supplies of gas in the event of an escalation in tensions.
Lithuania is taking action to ensure its own energy security and diminish it reliance on Russia. It is building a network of pipelines to to bring gas from Norway, providing a vital alternative to Russian gas.
However this risks further aggravating EU/Russian relations. What’s at stake and what are the potential costs for both sides in this geopolitical power play? Hans van der Brelie travelled to Lithuania to find out.
Watch the video to see his report in full.