According to him, the current political turmoil has had little effect on commercial cooperation in energy between European partners and Russian gas giant Gazprom.
"These ties are very strong and stable. In energy and economy, Russia and Europe, particularly Germany, are still good partners. Gas supplies have increased, and ties between companies have not been damaged," Konig said in an interview with Handelsblatt.
Despite the fact that a Russian company controls the largest gas storages in Germany there are no reasons for concerns, Konig underscored.
"Those working with Gazprom have no prejudices. It is a strong and reliable energy partner for Europe," he said.
There is no other company which would be interested more than Gazprom in pumping gas in European storages.
"Both sides need each other. Europe needs Gazprom even at a time when the gas market is oversupplied. In turn, for Gazprom Europe remains the principal market," he said.
Konig stressed that stable economic cooperation between Russia and Europe could be used for restoring political trust between Moscow and the West.