From YouTube: HR/VP press remarks with SoS Blinken | 7/2/2022
HR/VP joint press conference with Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Washington, 7/2/2022
Thank you very much uh secretary of state via toni, it's great to be here in washington again and to meet again also in person after we have been in close contact over the past weeks. Energy issues are central to this crisis, because russia doesn't hesitate to use the significant energy supplies to europe as a leverage for geopolitical gains. Today, the attorney we have sent a strong message of our joint determination to bolster energy security in europe and in our direct neighborhood, I'm thinking on ukraine, but also on the western balkans.
Our multi-layered diplomatic engagement will continue on various levels and in different formats, as bilateral contacts, the norman detox, the oce and nato. To conclude, blackness press my appreciation to you via secretary of state, for the excellent cooperation over the last week in tackling so many challenges.
Energy security is tied directly to national security, regional security, global security. Europe needs reliable and affordable energy and when energy supplies fail, economies falter we're determined to prevent that from happening and to mitigate the impact on energy supplies and prices. Should russia choose to cut natural gas supplies to europe more than it already has? This is part of broader coordination between europe and the united states during this crisis, and indeed, uh beyond this crisis, we and our allies and partners are united across the board. The united states, the european union, our nato allies.