VILNIUS - The United States supports Lithuania's bid to accelerate the Baltic states' synchronization and their disconnection from the BRELL electricity ring, Lithuanian Energy Minister Dainius Kreivys, currently in Washington, says.
"The United States is the guarantor of our security, not only in the area of defense but also in the area energy security. The US fully supports Lithuania's ambition to accelerate the Baltic states' synchronization and their disconnection from the BRELL electricity ring as early as possible, without waiting until 2025," the minister was quoted as saying in a statement released by his ministry on Friday.
On Thursday in Washington, Kreivys briefed US Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm on the energy security situation in Lithuania.
"Russia's energy blackmail and geopolitical manipulations in the gas market are increasing the likelihood of unilateral actions against EU countries, and faster synchronization with continental Europe's electricity grids would help ensure greater energy security for the Baltic states," Kreivys said.
According to the report, the US energy secretary expressed her full support for Lithuania's intentions and expressed interest in Lithuania's preparations for the winter season.