The fate of Ukraine’s energy sector has driven significant elements of the global agenda this year, as Russia uses an energy crisis in Europe to pressure the continent and especially Ukraine. Ukraine knows that enhancing its green energy capabilities will increase its self-sufficiency and weaken Moscow’s ability to use oil and gas as a cudgel, but a full transformation remains far off. Ukraine also is working hard to join the EU electricity grid to enhance its energy security. With the combination of a European energy crisis, Russia’s looming troop build-up and threats to energy security, and the Ukrainian government’s slow progress on fulfilling its decarbonization promises, how does Ukraine ensure its energy needs and implement reform to ensure a brighter energy future?
Ambassador John Herbst, senior director of the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center, moderates a panel discussion with Dr. Anders Åslund, senior fellow at the Stockholm Free World Forum, Robin Dunnigan, deputy assistant secretary at the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs at the US Department of State, Maxim Timchenko, CEO of DTEK, and Svitlana Zalishchuk, international affairs advisor to the CEO of Naftogaz of Ukraine, on the future of energy security in Ukraine.
Ukraine and European energy security
Reliable transit of natural gas through Ukraine is essential for European energy security. Ukraine’s recent agreement with Russia on the transit of gas, ensures continued energy supplies to Europe for the duration. However, achieving long-term energy security in Europe will rely on success in Ukraine.
UkraineAlert Sep 15, 2021
Vladimir Putin accused of weaponizing Russian gas
By Diane Francis
With construction work on Russia’s controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline now complete, critics say Moscow is weaponizing gas deliveries to Europe in a bid to speed up the lengthy certification process.
UkraineAlert Aug 27, 2021
Ukrainian leaders to Biden: Standing with the world’s democracies means changing course on Nord Stream 2
By a group of Ukrainian lawmakers, leaders, civil society activists, and experts
In a letter to President Joe Biden, more than 50 Ukrainian policymakers, leaders, experts, and civil society activists call for the United States to change course on support for the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.
The Eurasia Center’s mission is to enhance transatlantic cooperation in promoting stability, democratic values and prosperity in Eurasia, from Eastern Europe and Turkey in the West to the Caucasus, Russia and Central Asia in the East.