EU signs gas deal with Israel, Egypt in bid to ditch Russia

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EU signs gas deal with Israel, Egypt in bid to ditch Russia

The tripartite agreement will allow ‘significant’ exports of Israeli gas to Europe for the first time.

EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, left, Egyptian Minister of Petroleum Tarek El-Molla, center, and and Israeli Minister of Energy Israel's Energy Minister Karine Elharrar, celebrate after signing a deal to boost East Mediterranean gas exports to Europe.
EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen signed a memorandum of understanding with Egypt and Israel in what has been described as a ‘historic agreement’ [Amr Nabil/AP]

Published On 15 Jun 202215 Jun 2022

The European Union, Israel and Egypt have signed a tripartite natural gas export deal as the bloc seeks to diversify away from Russian energy.

The deal, finalised on Wednesday at the East Mediterranean regional energy conference in Cairo, will allow “significant” exports of Israeli gas to Europe for the first time, the Israeli energy ministry said.

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“What a special moment,” European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen said in a joint news conference alongside the Egyptian and Israeli energy ministers. “I very warmly welcome the signing of this historic agreement.”

Von der Leyen said on Twitter that the agreement would contribute to Europe’s energy security.

Last year, the EU imported roughly 40 percent of its gas from Russia. Countries have been struggling to reduce that dependency in order to sanction Russia over its ongoing invasion of Ukraine.

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The signing of the memorandum of understanding in a five-star Cairo hotel comes a day after von der Leyen and I

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