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EU energy commissioner Kadri Simson is travelling to Baku later this month (Photo: Sonke Henning)

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EU and Azerbaijan draft deal on extra gas supplies

The EU is preparing to sign a no-strings-attached gas-import deal with Azerbaijan to reduce dependence on Russia following cut-offs to Europe.

The EU-Azerbaijan "strategic partnership" envisages "shipment of Caspian natural gas to the European Union and, potentially, to Western Balkan countries ... to increase diversification," the draft deal, seen by EUobserver, said.

They "aspire" to "bilateral trade of natural gas ... of at least 20 billion cubic metres [bcm] of gas annually ...

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

EU energy commissioner Kadri Simson is travelling to Baku later this month (Photo: Sonke Henning)

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

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