The Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of Slovakia Ivan Korcok discussed liquified natural gas (LNG) production and energy security with Qatar, spurring news that Slovakia is considering alternatives to Russian natural gas supplies.
“Today I held talks with representatives of Qatar about possible options for the supply of liquefied natural gas from this country”, said the Minister during the Doha Forum which was held in Doha, Qatar on 27 March.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Slovakia has held a series of bilateral talks in Doha, including Qatar’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani and Minister of Commerce and Industry, Mohammed Bin Hamad Bin Qassim Al-Abdullah Al-Thani.
Slovakia has one of the highest dependencies on Russian oil and gas among EU member states as it imports approximately 87 per cent of natural gas and two-thirds of its oil from Russia.
Following Russia’s attack on Ukraine, however, the country backs the ban on Russian energy imports into the EU.
Earlier in March, Slovak Prime Minister Eduard Heger said that the entire EU has to phase out its energy dependency on Russia as soon as possible adding that developing and moving towards alternative sources of energy, including LNG is a priority for Slovakia.