US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Thursday that he believes Europe has committed to ending its dependence on Russian energy, but said it is not an instant process.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba earlier in the day criticized nations that continue to buy Russian oil and gas, stating that “as long as the West… continues to buy Russian oil and gas, it is supporting Ukraine with one hand while supports Russia’s war machine with the other”.
At a press conference in Brussels, Blinken pointed out that a dependency on Russian gas, especially, as well as Russian oil, has been created in Europe for many years.
“What I hear is a commitment to end that dependency,” he said, but noted that “it’s not like flipping the light switch.”
“You have to do it methodically. You have to put in place the necessary alternatives,” he said, adding that the United States is “doing a lot” to help with this.