The European Union is strengthening relations with Nigeria as it seeks to diversify sources of its natural gas imports in an attempt to reduce reliance on Russian energy. The BBC reports that Nigeria is the fourth biggest liquified natural gas supplier to Europe exporting at least 40% of its gas to the EU. The EU seeks to cut the use of Russian gas in response to the country’s invasion of Ukraine. Separately, Italy’s Prime Minister Mario Draghi has announced a major gas deal with Algeria, which promises to reduce his country’s heavy reliance on Russian imports.