The US State Department held consultations with international energy companies on gas supplies to Europe in the event of a conflict between Russia and Ukraine. It is reported by Reuters.
US government officials said they talked about US concerns and “a range of emergencies.” At the same time, the source of the agency noted that the US authorities did not ask the companies to increase production volumes.
According to the agency, the consultations were led by the State Department’s senior energy security adviser, Amos Hoxtin. It was also about possible interruptions in supplies that could occur if Washington imposes sanctions against the Russian Federation as a result of the outbreak of a conflict between Moscow and Kiev.
Earlier, Wall Street Journal (WSJ) columnists Joe Wallace and Georgy Kanchev said that the dependence of European countries on Russian gas and oil would not allow them to impose sanctions against Moscow in the event of a crisis in relations with the United States. They believe that after the launch of Nord Stream 2, Europe will become even more dependent on Moscow.