Italian ministers are looking to add Angola and the Congo Republic to a portfolio of suppliers as the country scrambles to break away from Russian gas over the Ukraine war. The AFP news agency reports that the trip follows the signing of agreements with Algeria and Egypt in recent weeks, with a possible trip to Mozambique on the cards in May. Experts warn though that diversification will not be cheap and that extra taxes may be passed on to businesses and families, while Davide Tabarelli, the head of energy think tank Nomisma Energia, added that the idea of replacing Russian gas “in the short term” was “fanciful”, and that it would instead “take at least two or three years”. To read the full story visit the News blog page on the Future Media website.