Italian Industry Minister Pierluigi Bersani has warned in a letter to EU Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs that the deal would increase dependency on a limited number of gas suppliers and could push up gas prices in Europe.
An oil field in Russia's Republic of Bashkortostan (TASS file photo)
ENERGY SECURITY is increasingly moving to the top of the EU's agenda in its dealings the outside world. A recent report identifies the European Union's main energy objectives as not just securing gas and oil deliveries from Russia, but also ensuring that it has reliable alternative sources, including in Central Asia. Nonetheless, EU officials say relations with Russia take center-stage in their thinking....(more)