The visit of President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen is a top moment in relations between the EU and Azerbaijan, Head of the EU Delegation to Azerbaijan Peter Michalko said in an interview with Report.
"The visit of the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen was a top moment in our relations as the opportunity to underline the importance of our relations for both sides and perspectives of our further cooperation. It is related to perspectives of increasing cooperation in the energy area, and the signed memorandum on strategic partnership in the field of energy confirms that we have excellent potential for the future in this area," he noted.
"What makes it also important is that the EC President stressed in her statement that “Azerbaijan is seen by the EU as a reliable partner in the field of energy, like energy supply and energy security”. As you know, in the context of Russian aggression and war against Ukraine, the totally unjustified war, the EU decided to turn away from Russia in terms of energy supply. Obviously, we are interested in working with our partners. In terms of energy supply and energy security, Azerbaijan is seen as a reliable partner. This is also based on our long-term cooperation and partnership."
"The signed memorandum is a continuation of the memorandum that we had signed in 2006 and then another memorandum was signed in 2011, that already focused on the construction of the South Gas Corridor. Today, SGC is a reality, it is connecting us and it is an excellent project and excellent example of cooperation and partnership."
"This is also a priority for the EU Commission and for President Von der Leyen. Azerbaijan has great potential in renewable energy, wind, and solar energy," he said.