Trump urges Europe to buy American gas
Trump urged European countries to import gas from the United States
The President announced the readiness of the United States to help European states to diversify their energy supply systems
US President Donald Trump on Thursday called on the leaders of Central and Eastern Europe to enter into agreements on the import of American energy resources instead of relying on supplies from Russia.
“America stands ready to help Poland and other European countries diversify their energy supply so you never become hostage in the hands of a single supplier,” Trump said, speaking in Warsaw, where he attended a summit of 12 European countries..
Trump did not mention Russia directly, but many observers believe that the purpose of his remarks was to show the leaders of European states that the United States can become an alternative source of energy for them..
In 2008, Russia suspended natural gas supplies to Europe over a dispute with Ukraine. Russia’s subsequent military intervention in Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea have raised concerns that Europe is too dependent on Russian gas.
The Three Seas Initiative summit, which Trump attended, was attended by countries located on the coasts of the Adriatic, Baltic and Black Seas. Initiative aims to strengthen ties through agreements in energy, trade and infrastructure.
One of the objectives of the initiative is to develop energy infrastructure in line with EU efforts to more efficiently connect gas pipelines to protect against possible supply disruptions, especially from Russia..
The Trump administration expects to boost exports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to the region. The United States has large reserves of cheap natural gas and is building new terminals to send it to other countries.
Trump’s comments came the day before a scheduled meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hamburg.
Meanwhile, the FBI and Congress are conducting several investigations into a possible collusion between the campaign headquarters and Russia during the 2016 presidential election..
Trump disparages the findings of the American intelligence community, which concluded that Russia interfered in the elections to help Trump win.
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