Officials from Israel, Greece and Cyprus met in Athens on Tuesday to expand their energy cooperation on natural-gas pipeline projects in light of the ongoing war in Ukraine.

Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid tweeted that the war loomed over the meeting, where those gathered noted that “first and foremost, in regional security.”

The European Union wants to decrease its reliance on Russian gas due to the war.

Foreign Minister of Cyprus Ioannis Kasoulides said“we are proceeding with projects such as the EuroAsia Interconnector and the EastMed pipeline … and we are confident that when materialized, they will have another practical and geostrategic value for the Eastern Mediterranean and the European Union,” reported Reuters.

Cyprus, Greece and Israel agreed to build the world’s longest and deepest underwater cable to link their electricity grids in the EuroAsia Interconnector project, which is expected to be finished in 2024.

The EastMed subsea pipeline is in the planning stages and involves transferring natural gas to Europe.

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