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UK Vows to Help Ukraine Reduce Its Dependence on ‘Russian Fuel’

© AFP 2022 / OLI SCARFFConservative politician Liz Truss, who served as Environment Secretary under David Cameron, arrives at 10 Downing Street in central London on July 14, 2016 as cabinet appointments by new prime minister Theresa May are expected on her first full day in office
Conservative politician Liz Truss, who served as Environment Secretary under David Cameron, arrives at 10 Downing Street in central London on July 14, 2016 as cabinet appointments by new prime minister Theresa May are expected on her first full day in office - Sputnik International, 1920, 31.12.2021
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The pledge comes amid growing tensions between the West and Russia over an alleged Russian troop buildup at the Ukrainian border and claims of Moscow preparing for an invasion. The Kremlin vehemently rejects the allegations as unsubstantiated.
UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss has pledged to help Ukraine reduce its reliance on Russian oil and gas by boosting its access to renewable energy technology. Ukraine's energy supply now reportedly includes 15 percent from renewable energy sources, with Kiev saying it wants to hit 25 percent by 2030.
“We can make the most of Britain's leading green innovative technologies such as wind and hydrogen energy so that Ukraine will be able to cut down its dependence on Russian fuel and spur up trade and investment”, Truss wrote in an article for the newspaper Ukrayinska Pravda.

Nord Stream 2 Issue

The British foreign secretary apparently referred to the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline that is intended to deliver fuel to Europe under the Baltic Sea, a project that was completed in September but is yet to be certified by European and German regulators. Russian President Vladimir Putin stressed on Wednesday that the launch of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline would lead to lower gas prices not only for Europe, but also for Ukraine.
Piping systems and shut-off valves are pictured at the gas receiving station of the Nord Stream Baltic Sea pipeline, in Lubmin, Germany.  - Sputnik International, 1920, 29.12.2021
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Putin: Russia Will Start Gas Supplies Via Nord Stream 2 as Soon as Europe Decides
Earlier this month, Kiev asserted that the certification of Nord Stream 2 was a question of whether Russia’s Gazprom, the owner of the project, would be granted a privileged position in the European gas market to the alleged detriment of participants and consumers, as well as of Ukraine as a transit provider for gas. Moscow has repeatedly warned against politicising what it says is a purely economic project.

Foreign Secretary Truss, meanwhile, also noted in her piece that the UK and its NATO allies have “made it clear that any further intrusion into Ukraine will be a grave strategic mistake”.

She pledged that London and Brussels would “offer a robust response against any such steps including coordinated sanctions to deal a heavy blow on Russia's interests and economy”.
A view shows Mont-Blanc bridge decorated with flags of the USA and Russia ahead of the June 16 summit between U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin, in Geneva, Switzerland - Sputnik International, 1920, 30.12.2021
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Russia Will Seek Firm Security Guarantees From US During Geneva Talks on 10 January
The promise comes amid growing tensions between Russia and the West over Ukraine, with the US and its allies claiming that Moscow is amassing troops on the border with its immediate neighbour and possibly preparing to invade.
Moscow, which dismisses the allegations as “propaganda” and fear mongering, underscores that it has the right to relocate troops within its sovereign territory at its own discretion, adding that NATO's military activity near Russia's borders poses a threat to its national security. The Ukraine issue is expected to be high on the agenda of the Russian-US ministerial talks in Geneva scheduled for 10 January.
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