Italy and Angola have signed an energy co-operation agreement as European countries seek to reduce dependence on Russian gas. Privately owned Angola24Horas says the deal aims to “increase the export of Angolan gas and reduce the dependence of the European country on the Russian gas supply”. On Monday, Italy’s Prime Minister Mario Draghi struck an agreement with Algeria to buy more of its gas in a further sign of Italy’s attempts to reduce dependence on Russia. The country gets about 40% of its gas from Russia.