Will Energy Union give business to abusers of human rights?

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Turkey, Algeria, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan and “other potential suppliers in the Middle East and Africa” were named in yesterday’s (25 February) Commission communication on Energy Union. EURACTIV understands that Iran and Iraq is also part of the Commission’s long-term thinking, as it searches for alternative suppliers of gas to Russia.  

But many of those countries, including Russia, have poor human rights records. So EURACTIV asked Maroš Šef?ovi?, the Commission vice-president for Energy Union, and Energy and Climate Action Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete why doing business with them was better than doing business with Putin. 

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