He was speaking at the 9th International Conference “Energy Dialogue: Russia — European Union. Gas Aspect” organized by the Russian Gas Society and Eurogas with support of the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the EU.
Krestyanov cited European Commissioner for Energy Guenther Oettinger as saying the EU would struggle to eliminate its dependence on Russian natural gas.
“Thus, the EU may give up Russian energy resources in the mid-term. Russia should step up efforts to diversify its energy export,” he said.