Barvitsiotis in Tripartites Greece-Bulgaria-Romania: Need for flexibility in tools to deal with the energy crisis

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The need for more flexibility so that each Member State can choose the appropriate tools and make the appropriate interventions in its own internal energy market, depending on its own energy mix, in order to mitigate the effects of the energy crisis on its citizens, Deputy Foreign Minister Miltiadis underlined Βαρβιτσιώτης in joint statements with Bulgarian Deputy Foreign Minister Vassil Georgiev and Romanian Deputy Foreign Minister Daniela Grigore Gitman after their tripartite meeting in Athens.

“We do not want our citizens to pay a high price. We do not want to face dilemmas: peace or an increase in gas prices or cheap energy or green energy. “We want to have cheap, green and peaceful energy sources”, noted Mr. Varvitsiotis.

“We are committed to decoupling Russian energy resources within the European Union. “This should happen, of course, in the best way, without affecting the lives of our citizens”, Mr. Varvitsiotis emphasized characteristically.

During the tripartite meeting, views were exchanged on energy diversification and the potential of the region, while Mr. Varvitsiotis also referred to the research that Greece is going to do that can add new gas reserves in the Eastern Mediterranean basin and be a new source of energy for the European Union.

The tripartite meeting Greece-Bulgaria-Romania took place earlier today, following the initiative of Mr. Varvitsiotis, thus reviving the tripartite cooperation scheme of the countries in the region.

According to Mr. Varvitsiotis, the cooperation of the three countries, within the framework of the European Union, makes them stronger in terms of defending their common positions on common problems and further highlights the importance of the Balkans and the treatment of their commonalities. challenges. He added that there will be a new meeting in Bulgaria soon.

Mr. Barvitsiotis reiterated our solidarity with the Ukrainian people for their losses and sufferings and underlined the wave of solidarity that exists at the humanitarian level, but also through the support of other states in their defense, while noting that all countries will unite. their forces for the reconstruction of Ukraine.

He noted that cutting off Ukraine from access to the sea would have far-reaching implications for energy security, food security and Ukraine’s territorial integrity.

He also reiterated Greece’s commitment to the European perspective of the Western Balkans and said that regardless of the different views that may exist between the Member States, there is a common belief that there is a need for more Europe in our region.

He noted that Greece is committed to supporting the candidacy of Bulgaria and Romania in Schengen, which will enable the free and unimpeded movement and will further promote their cooperation.

Turkey has chosen a path of unilateral challenges

The Deputy Foreign Minister stressed that “the Greek-American defense agreement that is being voted today, greatly deepens Greece’s defense relationship with the US” and noted that “the government’s choice is to establish deep relations not only with the US but also with other countries like France “.

“Turkey has chosen a path of unilateral challenges”, he stressed and pointed out that this has provoked the reactions of all partners and friends of our country.

Respect for international law is the cornerstone of our foreign policy, he noted, adding that “international law is the foundation on which the future of humanity is built.”

Greece, Bulgaria and Romania agreed that the observance of international law and good neighborly relations are a cornerstone for building relations in the future and promoting stability in the region, Mr. Varvitsiotis underlined.

Romanian Deputy Foreign Minister: Alexandroupolis is important for the energy security of the region

For her part, the need for energy diversification was underlined by the Romanian Deputy Foreign Minister in charge of European Affairs, Daniela Grigore Gitman.

The need for independence from Russia, which is a strong indication of how we must act very quickly to eliminate this vulnerability of Europe, and stressed the importance of Greece’s energy projects in Alexandroupolis for the energy security of the whole region. .

Ms Gittmann unequivocally condemned the Russian invasion of Ukraine and expressed concern about the humanitarian crisis in the country.

He noted that during the tripartite ways were discussed ways to increase cooperation between countries and “better coordination, aimed at transforming and strengthening deterrence and defense in the east wing of NATO.”

“Stability and security in the Western Balkans are of strategic importance to Europe and society. “There is no integrated Europe without the Western Balkans,” he said.

He also stressed the need to support Moldova, a country hard hit by the refugee crisis.

He also thanked Greece for the positive support in Romania’s effort to enter the Schengen area. “We have been waiting for 11 years now and I think that from a technical point of view, we have fulfilled our obligations,” he stressed.

Bulgarian Deputy Foreign Minister: Respect for international law a precondition for stability in the region

For his part, the need to consolidate the sense of security in the wider region was stressed by Bulgarian Deputy Foreign Minister Vassil Georgiev.

“We can not but have security in Ukraine and the Russian border and have security in the southeastern Mediterranean and we can not but have security in the southeastern Mediterranean and have security in the Western Balkans,” he said.

He emphasized the need to focus on Europe, and said that it was even more important now with the crisis over Ukraine. “

He noted the need to find a way and mutually supportive initiatives that will alleviate the pressure and the effects “of price spurts, inflation, energy insecurity”.

He noted that Bulgaria is working hard for the accession of the Western Balkans to the European Union.

“We will support all countries in their accession to the European Union. “Of course there are some conditions that must be met before countries can be allowed to start the negotiation process,” he said.

Finally, he stressed the importance of respecting international law and good neighborly relations, “in order to have stability in the region”. “Any revisionism, any wrong approach is counterproductive,” he added.

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