America will supply gas to Europe if Russia cuts off supplies

The United States is working to supply natural gas from around the world to Europe in the event of a flow of supplies from Russia in a bid to dampen Vladimir Putin’s most powerful economic weapons.

As fears of an invasion of Ukraine escalated, US officials said on Tuesday they had negotiated with world suppliers and were now confident that Europe would not suffer a sudden loss of heating energy in the middle of winter.

“To ensure that Europe can survive the winter and spring, we expect to be ready to provide alternative stocks that cover the vast majority of potential shortages,” a senior official said.

Preparing for deliveries of large gas supplies is part of a campaign by the United States and its European allies to show Putin a united and coherent front in the hope of deterring him from invading Ukraine.

The official, who declined to be named to share details of ongoing plans, said the administration had also co-ordinated with major buyers and suppliers of liquefied natural gas to ensure diversion to Europe if needed.

“If Russia decides to use the supply of natural gas or crude oil, it will not be without consequences for the Russian economy,” the second senior administration official told reporters.

“This one [Русија] “It’s a one-dimensional economy, which means it needs oil and gas revenues, at least as much as Europe needs energy supplies,” he said, adding that oil and gas exports account for about half of Russia’s federal budget revenues. .

“This is not an asymmetric advantage for Putin. “It is interdependence,” the official said.

For months, the United States, along with its European allies, has been threatening swift and severe economic consequences if Russian President Vladimir Putin orders an invasion of Ukraine.

“He [Путин] “He has never seen sanctions like the ones I promised,” President Joe Biden said last week when asked about potential US economic measures.

Biden said Russia was facing a “catastrophe” if Putin launched an attack on Ukraine, a development that intelligence agencies warned last week could happen within a month.

Boris Johnson hinted that Germany was concerned about sanctions against Russia over its dependence on Russian gas and told lawmakers that diplomatic efforts were being made to persuade Berlin and others to go further.

The British prime minister said “European friends” were concerned about imposing the toughest possible sanctions on Moscow over their “heavy dependence” on Russian gas – and also said Britain would be ready to deploy more troops to Eastern Europe if Ukraine were attacked.

His comments came as French President Emmanuel Macron and Olaf Scholz, Germany’s new chancellor, met in Berlin on Tuesday to co-ordinate their positions, following reports of disagreements among allies.

Macron said he should speak by telephone with Putin on Friday to “clarify” Russia’s position. He said France and Germany would never abandon dialogue with Russia, but added: “If there is aggression, there will be retaliation and the price will be very high.”

The deputy head of the Kremlin’s office, Dmitry Kozak, is in Paris on Tuesday for talks with political advisers from Ukraine, France and Germany, in a continuing effort to resume talks with some 130,000 Russian troops now clustered around Ukraine’s borders.

A senior US administration official has argued that the US-EU rapprochement over financial sanctions is “significant” and that the impact of the combined sanctions on Russia will be far greater than Russia’s response to Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea.

“Graduation from the past is over and this time we will start at the top of the escalation ladder and stay there,” the official said.

Russia has already limited the flow of natural gas through the pipeline through Ukraine from about 100 million cubic meters per day to 50 MCM, US officials said. Washington now estimates that almost all of this could be quickly replaced if the pipeline is cut off intentionally or as a result of a conflict.

The United States has also said it is preparing restrictions on exports to Russia of high-tech software and hardware made by the United States and its allies. Officials said the measures would affect Russia’s ambitions in the fields of space technology, defense, lasers, marine technology, artificial intelligence and quantum computers.

“When we select these sectors, it is completely intentional,” an official said. “These are sectors that Putin himself has advocated as a way for Russia to diversify its economy beyond oil and gas. “And so it would lead to an atrophy of Russia’s productive capacity over time.” (According to the agencies)

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