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    EU Ready For Growth in LNG Trade With US – EU Energy Chief

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    The EU's energy chief, Maros Sefcovic, said that the EU-US Energy Council discussed Nord Stream 2, aid to Ukraine in the form of energy reforms and the upcoming trilateral gas talks with Russia.

    Continuing Russia’s gas transit through Ukraine is of strategic importance to the EU, Maros Sefcovic said in a statement.

    According to him, the EU is ready for an increase in LNG trade with the United States.

    READ MORE: British Petroleum to Buy US LNG for 20 Years Amid Struggle for EU Market

    Earlier, Donald Trump criticized Germany over working on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline with Russia and buying Russian oil and gas. US State Secretary Mike Pompeo told the US House of Representatives' Foreign Affairs Committee that the United States should continue to push back against the pipeline project.

    Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov, responding to Donald Trump's statements concerning Nord Stream 2, called attempts by LNG suppliers to force European consumers to buy more expensive gas a manifestation of "unfair competition."

    In the first quarter of 2017, the United States had become the sixth-largest LNG supplier to the EU.

    The Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project, carried out jointly by Russia's Gazprom and European energy companies, has divided the EU, as some European states argue that Russian gas supplies jeopardize their energy independence. However, Russia has repeatedly stressed that the Nord Stream 2 is a purely commercial project.


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