BAKU, Azerbaijan, September 22. The European Union has once again affirmed its commitment to boosting gas imports from Azerbaijan, thereby dispelling the previously discussed speculations of potential sanctions against Azerbaijan.
These speculations arose in response to anti-terror activities in Karabakh implemented by Azerbaijan on September 19-20.
In response to pro-Armenian journalist, Tim McPhie, Spokesperson for Climate Action and Energy at the European Commission, reiterated that the Memorandum of Understanding signed between Azerbaijan and the EU back in July 2022 is "in place".
"Gas supply from Azerbaijan accounted for 3 percent of EU's imports in 2022, compared to 2 percent in 2021. And we expect to reach a similar level this year. In 2021, we imported 8.1 bcm of Azerbaijani gas, while in 2022 we received 11.3 bcm. So there is an increase. We have a memorandum of understanding in place, which implies the increase of Azerbaijani gas supplies to 20 bcm by 2027, as well as broader cooperation in renewable energy," he said at a briefing.
Further speaking, McPhie also clarified for pro-Armenian media present at a briefing that "there is no Russian gas in those supplies the EU imports from Azerbaijan".
"This is a matter of volumes. The volume of gas which is exported from Russia to Azerbaijan is significantly smaller than what we are importing from Azerbaijan, so there is no Russian gas in those supplies," he explained.