EU officials want Azerbaijan to fuel Russian gas pipeline in Ukraine

By Gabriel Gavin, Federica Di Sario, Victor Jack | 06/14/2024 06:54 AM EDT

The bloc had previously said it would let a Ukrainian gas transit deal with Russia expire at the year’s end.

European officials have pitched Azerbaijan on a scheme to run its gas through a pipeline that currently brings Russian fuel to the EU via Ukraine, a senior Azerbaijani official told POLITICO.

The proposal is a way to keep natural gas flowing to Europe — while cutting out Russia — when a transit deal between Kyiv and Moscow expires at the year’s end. The EU has previously said it was willing to let the deal expire, as it was confident that enough energy supplies were coming from elsewhere.

“Azerbaijan has been reached out [to] by the European Union and the transit countries [that] we are talking about on the issue,” Hikmet Hajiyev, a senior adviser to Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, said in an interview with POLITICO.


“Currently we are considering different options as to how we can contribute to that process,” he added. “I would refrain from putting in a time frame, but again, there was … an appeal and we have taken it seriously because it’s a matter of European energy security.”