Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis believes that sanctions can harm Europe more than Russia.
The prime minister said that the European economy will not be able to completely abandon Russian gas, and EU should be wary of sanctions against the Russian Federation. Mitsotakis’ opinion published newspaper Real News.
According to the head of the Greek government, his main concern immediately after his election is to ensure the country’s energy sufficiency and autonomy, with an emphasis on “green” energy using renewable sources. According to Mitsotakis, they are plentiful in Greece:
“The economic sanctions that we, as a Union, have imposed on Russia are significant and have already yielded results. However, we must be very careful that the measures we are taking do not cause more harm to us, the EU countries, than to Russia. Since the European economy cannot fully and immediately replace Russian natural gas with other suppliers.It is clear to Europe that it needs to get rid of Russian gas as soon as possible.But it is also clear that this will not happen overnight.Therefore, our country has prepared a short-term plan for energy sufficiency, as well as a long-term plan for energy self-sufficiency for based on renewable energy sources.
The Prime Minister agrees that problem now for households and businesses is the cost of energy, so he personally fought for a pan-European response to the energy crisis:
“We asked the President of the European Commission to talk to all the important market players and propose solutions, interventions, among which is the establishment of a ceiling on the wholesale natural gas market.”
Kyriakos Mitsotakis vowed to continue supporting energy consumers through a subsidy scheme and to announce a new support package in May to cover most of the increase in electricity bills. RIA News.