Baerbock welcomes EU emergency gas plan

The German Federal Foreign Minister has praised the EU’s emergency gas plan as a sign of how Europe has closed ranks in difficult times.

Baerbock begrüßt EU-Gas-Notfallplan
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Prague (dpa) - German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock has praised the EU’s emergency gas plan as a sign of how Europe has closed ranks in difficult times. “In this way, we are underlining precisely that we will not let a wedge be driven between us on an issue where we as EU states could also act against each other because gas is so scarce,” the member of the Green party said on Tuesday during a visit to Prague. “We know what our strength is: Standing tall side by side, especially in times that are not easy.”

According to information from Deutsche Presse-Agentur, the European Union has agreed on a plan to reduce gas consumption. Official approval is expected this Tuesday at a special meeting of EU energy ministers in Brussels; the plan is designed to reduce the risks that could result from a complete discontinuation of Russian gas supplies.

While in the Czech capital Baerbock met with her counterpart Jan Lipavsky. Topics discussed were the German ring exchange plans for supplying weapons to Ukraine and international cooperation in fighting the forest fire in the Czech Republic’s Bohemian Switzerland National Park.