Ukraine signs an association pact with the AIE | Russo-Ukrainian War

The move to become an associate country of the US-aligned International Energy Agency comes amid growing energy fears.

Ukraine has joined the US-aligned International Energy Agency (IEA) as an associate country, the watchdog said, bringing Kyiv closer to mostly Western countries that oppose the Russian invasion.

The Paris-based IEA is made up of 31 major energy-consuming member countries – including most major economies such as the US, UK, Germany, France and Japan – but not Russia – and has a second level of 11 so-called “association” countries. States” such as China, India and Indonesia.

“In these particularly difficult times following Russia’s unprovoked invasion, we are further strengthening the relationship to meet Ukraine’s significant reconstruction needs and help it build a new energy future,” the executive director said on Tuesday. of the AIE, Fatih Birol, at a signing ceremony in Warsaw.

“Ukraine has an important role in energy security in Europe and beyond,” he added.

Russia has cut off or reduced natural gas supplies to several European countries, including Poland, in retaliation for sanctions imposed on Moscow.

There are also fears that a key gas pipeline linking Russia to Germany will not reopen after scheduled maintenance this week. A further drop in flows of natural gas used to fuel industry, generate electricity and heat homes threatens European efforts to fill storage for the cold months and avert an economic crisis.

“When there’s not enough gas [due to cuts by chief supplier Russia]Europe can be called upon to show the full strength of its union,” said Birol.

Birol and Ukrainian Energy Minister German Galushchenko signed the documents in the Polish capital, which supports neighboring Ukraine in its struggle and has taken in millions of refugees from the war.

Such a decision would allow Ukraine to work more closely with the IEA on data sharing, analysis and best practices as well as on energy demand management. It will also support Ukraine’s reconstruction efforts.

Galushchenko said his country wanted to rebuild its energy system in a new way, using the most advanced technologies, and IEA support could be crucial for this task.

Birol said he was impressed by the unanimous support that all member governments gave last month to Ukraine’s candidacy and its introduction into the “AIE family”.

IEA member and associate countries represent more than 75% of global energy demand.

Andrew B. Reiter