The European Commission and EU Presidency have taken joint action to address a recent disruption in crude oil deliveries that arose from a dispute between Russia and Belarus. Russia temporarily stopped supplying crude oil to Belarus through the Druzhba pipeline, which also serves EU customers further west. First, the Commission and Presidency sent a letter to Russia and Belarus, advising both countries of the need to be reliable in their crude oil deliveries and cautioning them to avoid taking unilateral action that would affect EU consumers. In parallel with this letter, the EU convened the Member State delegates of the Oil Supply Group to review the status of the dispute between Russia and Belarus, coordinate Member State responses, and evaluate the levels of strategic stocks. These latest events confirm the need for a coherent EU energy policy to facilitate common EU action and strengthen the security of EU supplies.