WASHINGTON, Oct. 14 (Reuters) – US Under Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, in a meeting Thursday with Russian Deputy Prime Minister Aleksey Overchuk, called on Russia to “do more to ensure European energy security” , said the US State Department.
Natural gas prices in Europe and elsewhere have exploded this year due to below-normal inventories, reduced supply from Russia, the onset of colder temperatures and infrastructure failures. Read more
White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan discussed the gas issue with European Union officials in Brussels last week and said the United States feared the offer would follow the growing demand as economies recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more
When asked if Russia is retaining energy as a lever, Sullivan said: “Russia is used to using energy as a tool of coercion, as a political weapon.
President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that Russia was ready to supply more gas to Europe on demand, categorically rejecting the assumption that Moscow was cutting supply for political reasons. Read more
The State Department said Sherman has also urged Russia to “provide fair treatment to US companies in its market and resolve US concerns about Russia’s trade and investment climate.”
Reporting by Mohammad Zargham; Editing by Jonathan Oatis and Alison Williams
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