"Thank you for stepping up and for supporting the European Union," said President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen while making a press statement with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev in Baku, APA reports.
"Because already before Russia's brutal invasion of Ukraine, the Russian gas supplies to Europe were no more reliable. The European Union has therefore decided to diversify away from Russia and to turn towards more reliable, trustworthy partners. And I am glad to count Azerbaijan among them. You are indeed a crucial energy partner for us and you have always been reliable," noted Leyen.