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Ukraine-crisis / Energy (exclusive, photo): Exclusive-USA are looking at gas deliveries in Europe if Russia-Ukraine conflict
by Dmitry Zhdannikov, Ron Bousso, Simon Lewis and Timothy Gardner
London / Washington, January 15 (Reuters) - The US Government has spoken with several international energy-based energy companies to supply Europe in natural gas in the Hypothesis where the conflict between Russia and Ukraine had to disrupt the Russian deliveries of Gas, has learned Friday Reuters from two US representatives and two industrial sources.
Washington fears that Moscow prepares a new military offensive against Ukraine, after annexed the Crimea Peninsula in 2014. Russia said to have deployed soldiers on the Ukrainian border only for defensive purposes and denies any invading project. neighbor.
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About one-third of Europe's supply of gas depends on Russia, deliveries that could be disrupted by the sanctions that the United States threatened to take into account Russia if it had to attack Ukraine .
A possible disruption of gas deliveries from Russia would have the effect of exacerbating the energy crisis crossed by Europe, where prices have flamed for consumers and businesses.
representatives of the US State Department approached energy companies to find out if additional deliveries would be possible if necessary, reported two sources of the industry at Reuters.
Companies responded that global gas reserves were limited and there was an insufficient amount of gas available to offset the wide volumes exported by Russia, specified the sources.
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in the midst of the conflict between Russia and NATO Foreign Minister Baerbock traveled to Kiev. At the press conference she secured Diplomatic support to Ukraine. © Janine Schmitz / photothek.de / Imago Images / Photothek When visiting Ukraine , Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock has struck a sharp tone towards the Russian government. Any aggression from Russia has "a high price," Baerbock said in Kiev , "economically, politically and strategically".
According to a representative of the US State Department, speaking under the cover of Anonymity, Washington did not ask companies to increase their production.
"We discussed a range of contingencies and all we do with our partner states and our allies," said this diplomatic source.
Discussions were undertaken with the European Commission as well as with energy companies, has it indicated. "It's exact to say that we have expressed their concerns and evoked emergency plans, but there has been no request for production".
We do not know specifically the identity of the companies contacted by Washington.
Royal Dutch Shell, ConocoPhillips and Exxon have declined comment requests. Chevron Corp, Total, Equinor and Qatar Energy did not immediately respond to Reuters' solicitations.
A spokesman for the National Security Council in Washington did not want to comment on the United States' discussions with energy companies, but confirmed that relief plans were under consideration.
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"disturbing": Russia and the West, according to the Kreml, continues "completely opposite" positions. The German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock wants to convey. © ap / dpa / picture alliance Russian soldiers in a military exercise near to the border of Ukraine despite the diplomatic crisis talks on Ukraine conflict recently, the Kreml sees no approach between Russia and the West. In terms of fundamental questions still "completely opposite" positions.