MOSCOW, 5 Oct – PRIME. We are not talking about “energy poverty” in Europe, this problem is much more acute in other countries, in particular in Africa, say UAE Energy Minister Suhail al-Mazroui and Saudi Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman.
“Europe is very important for us, we have investor companies from Europe, relations are excellent. But I think that there is no talk of energy poverty there, the issue is more about energy security, and Europe is trying to solve it,” al-Mazrui said on the question of “energy poverty” in Europe and the United States, which arises there because of the decisions taken within the walls of organizations such as OPEC.
“But if we are talking about energy poverty, then I don’t think it’s worth talking about Europe. We need to talk about Africa, South America, Asia and people who do not have access to energy resources. Period,” he added at a press conference on results of the OPEC+ meeting.
Ben Salman, in his turn, noted that such questions should be addressed to the governments of Western countries and understand where the problem is really acute, as, for example, in Africa.
“This is the role of the respective governments of these countries… It must be distinguished that, in principle, energy poverty is fueled primarily in those countries that really suffer from the fact that they do not have the appropriate funds. provide something better. And this is the most important thing for us,” he said.
According to the Saudi minister, such questions speak to the “arrogance of wealth.” “People think that everyone lives by the same standards as them and that they have the same choice,” he added.