Amid Ukraine Crisis
“We don’t want to compete with Russia. But we know that Europe’s demand for gas is increasing and would like a share in this,” Nematzadeh said. “We have the energy reserves and cooperation plans. But as far as Russia is concerned, that is a decision for Europe alone,” he added.
The minister’s statement seems to be taking advantage of the West’s irritation against Russia’s involvement in Ukraine. There have been calls in the West from influential opinion makers for reduction of Europe’s reliance on Russian gas.
File photo: Natural gas facilities in Assaluyeh on the Persian Gulf (IRNA)