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U.S. urges Russia to do more for European energy security

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WASHINGTON, Oct 14 (Reuters) – U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, in a gathering with Russian Deputy Prime Minister Aleksey Overchuk on Thursday, referred to as on Russia to “do more to ensure European energy security,” the U.S. State Department mentioned.

Natural gasoline costs in Europe and elsewhere have rocketed this yr due to lower-than-usual shares, diminished provide from Russia, the onset of colder climate and infrastructure outages. learn more

White House nationwide security adviser Jake Sullivan mentioned the gasoline subject with European Union officers in Brussels final week and mentioned the United States was involved that offer was not maintaining with surging demand as economies recovered from the COVID-19 pandemic. learn more

Asked whether or not Russia was holding again energy as leverage, Sullivan mentioned: “Russia has a history of using energy as a tool of coercion, as a political weapon.”

President Vladimir Putin mentioned on Wednesday that Russia was prepared to present more gasoline to Europe if requested, emphatically rejecting the suggestion that Moscow was squeezing provides for political motives. learn more

The State Department mentioned Sherman additionally urged Russia to “ensure fair treatment for U.S. companies in its marketplace and to resolve U.S. concerns about Russia’s trade and investment climate.”

Reporting by Mohammad Zargham; Editing by Jonathan Oatis and Alison Williams

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