The U.S. and EU want to cooperate in the issue of new sanctions against Russia and strengthening energy security of Europe and Ukraine, EU-US Energy Council said in Brussels.
The main topic of the Energy Council attended by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, the head of the EU diplomacy Federica Mogherini and Vice-President of European Commissioner of Energy Union Maros Shevchovich was energy security and situation in Ukraine.
After the meeting, a joint statement was made, in which the Council called to stop persistent violations of the cease-fire, withdrawal of foreign troops, mercenaries and military equipment from the territory of eastern Ukraine, as well as to provide the control over the Ukrainian-Russian border.
"Assessing the current situation, we have agreed to co-ordinate our sanctions," the joint US-EU statement says.
The economic sanctions against Russia, imposed both by the EU and the U.S., in particular, involves access restriction to the market capital for the Russian banks and state-owned companies of the oil and arms sector, ban for arms export, supply of high technology and services for the oil sector and the export ban of certain dual use items for the military customers.
The EU and U.S. have confirmed that they stand "shoulder to shoulder" supporting the Ukrainian government. The partners emphasized the need to continue the reforms in the energy sector and gradually integrate the Ukrainian energy market with the Uniate one.
In the statement, the Council draws attention to the prospects of LNG (liquefied natural gas) exports from the U.S. to Europe. "Additional supplies will benefit Europe and other strategic partners," the document states.