» Wednesday, January 10, 2007


Asked about the reliability of supply to the rest of Europe, and Chancellor Merkel in comment had said that it would not do Russia’s reputation any good, the PMOS replied that the EU at Lakhti made clear its concerns about the need for secure energy supplies. The EU was in conversation with both Russia and Belarus about this issue. The UK had taken steps recently, including agreeing a deal with Norway to try and secure supplies in the future. It was clearly an issue which was of rising concern around the world.

Asked if we were concerned, given that Russia and Belarus had a strong relationship and they had fallen out spectacularly, the PMOS replied that it would not be helpful for him to provide a running commentary on their relationship. It was enough to say that the EU was in contact with both sides, and Chancellor Merkel, as President of the EU, had expressed her concern.

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