Von der Leyen said during periods of high demand, Russian energy giant Gazprom has been restricting its gas supplies to Europe.However, she declared the EU is also ready should the Russian leadership decide to weaponize the energy issue.

In preparation for low supplies from Russia and since the annexation of Crimea, the EU has increased the number of operational LNG terminals and upgraded infrastructure.She reiterated that the lesson learned from the crisis is the need to diversify energy sources to curtail dependency on Russian gas.