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Gas: French elected officials call on Europe to “renounce” its agreement with Azerbaijan – Economic Policy

Fifteen French elected officials from all sides call on the European Union on Friday to “renounce” the agreement reached with Azerbaijan to double gas imports, denouncing the “bellicose aspirations” of this country.

“This initiative continues the frantic race towards the exploitation of our planet’s resources (and) places the European Union in a position of new dependence on a state with belligerent aspirations“, say the signatories in a column published in the daily Le Monde.

The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, announced on July 18, in Baku, an agreement with Azerbaijan to double “in a few years” EU gas imports from this former Soviet republic in the Caucasus.

“We urge the European Commission to abandon this project with Azerbaijan and the Heads of State and Government of the EU, as well as the European Parliament, not to ratify under any circumstances an agreement which would have the effect to replace dependence on Russian gas with dependence on Azerbaijani gas”, warn the signatories, including the head of the Socialist Party, Olivier Faure, and the president of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region, close to the presidential majority , Renaud Muselier.

According to the signatories, the Caucasus country “also participates in the frantic race for arms financing who exterminate the Armenians in Nagorno-Karabakh or in the Republic of Armenia”.

“Azerbaijan has clearly indicated that it is not satisfied with its military victory”, they assure in reference to “the 44-day war of autumn 2020” in the Nagorny Karabakh region, a territory disputed with Armenia .

In their eyes, this agreement constitutes “moreover a response of the past, contrary to the commitments of ecological transition and the requirement of greener energy for a more sovereign European Union”.

“By choosing Azerbaijan as a gas supplier, Mrs von der Leyen is actually weakening the European Union“, they warn.

The text is notably signed by the national ecologist secretary Julien Bayou (Europe Ecologie les Verts, EELV), the deputy of the radical left Clémentine Autain (La France insoumise), the right-wing MEP François-Xavier Bellamy (Les Républicains, LR) , EELV MEP Yannick Jadot.

“This initiative continues the frantic race towards the exploitation of our planet’s resources (and) places the European Union in a situation of new dependence on a State with bellicose aspirations”, say the signatories in a column published in the daily Le World. The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, announced on July 18, in Baku, an agreement with Azerbaijan to double “in a few years” EU gas imports from this former Soviet republic in the Caucasus. “We urge the European Commission to abandon this project with Azerbaijan and the Heads of State and Government of the EU, as well as the European Parliament, not to ratify under any circumstances an agreement which would have the effect to replace dependence on Russian gas with dependence on Azerbaijani gas”, warn the signatories, including the head of the Socialist Party, Olivier Faure, and the president of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region, close to the presidential majority , Renaud Muselier. According to the signatories, the Caucasian country “also participates in the frantic race for arms funding that is exterminating Armenians in Nagorno-Karabakh or the Republic of Armenia.” “Azerbaijan has made it clear that it is not not satiated by his military victory”, they assure in reference to “the 44-day war of autumn 2020” in the region of Nagorny Karabakh, a disputed territory with Armenia. In their view, this agreement is “moreover a response from the past, contrary to ecological transition commitments and the requirement for greener energy for a more sovereign European Union”. “By choosing Azerbaijan as a gas supplier , Mrs von der Leyen is actually weakening the European Union”, they warn. The text is notably signed by the national ecologist secretary Julien Bayou (Europe Ecologie les Verts, EELV), the deputy of the radical left Clémentine Autain (La France insoumise), the right-wing MEP François-Xavier Bellamy (Les Républicains, LR) , EELV MEP Yannick Jadot.

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