On Monday, Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson discussed the current situation in Ukraine as well as energy security during their phone call.
This was revealed during a phone conversation between Sheikh Tamim and Johnson, the latest in a series of meetings between Gulf leaders and European officials regarding energy security.
Authorities from Austria, Italy, and Germany recently talked with Qatari officials to address the issue.
“The leaders discussed their concerns around volatility in the energy market and agreed to continue working together to improve global energy security, including on ensuring sustainable gas supplies and boosting renewables,” the UK government said.
Earlier this year, numerous European nations and the United States approached Qatar for energy. Due to their significant reliance on Russian gas, Europe has expressed special anxiety about its energy source.
Despite having ruled out an invasion, Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, aggravating the country’s instability.
The UK imports 8 percent of its oil from Russia, and it also relies on indigenous oil and gas production.
Qatar has previously stated that it may be able to divert 10 percent to 15 percent of its LNG shipping volumes. The LNG behemoth also stated that it will not be able to meet Europe’s whole gas supply shortage on its own.