A sheep is seen in front of the snow covered Falknis in Furggels, Switzerland, above the river Rhine valley. The snow line dropped to 1400m over sea level in an early onset of winter in Switzerland.
South Stream, a proposed pipeline to bring Russian natural gas to southeastern Europe, threatens to undermine Europe's solidarity forged during the Ukraine crisis. Some see the pipeline as a necessary alternate supply of gas while others say it will only give Russia more leverage over European energy.
G7 leaders condemned Russia's use of energy as a weapon, and reaffirmed European efforts to secure and diversify their own supplies. Russia-Europe energy partnerships won't fade anytime soon, but the Ukraine crisis is pushing Western Europe to look inward for new energy supply while Southeast Europe charts its own course.
Secretary of State John Kerry reaffirmed support Wednesday for a more diverse European energy supply as a response to Russia over the Ukraine crisis. Some have called for the US to wield its own 'energy weapon,' but the Obama administration has focused more on European solutions.
European leaders are scrambling to reduce their exposure to the political meddling of Russia, which has demonstrated its willingness to disrupt energy supplies for geopolitical leverage.