DOS official: Ukraine event in 2009 prepared West for 2014 faceoff

05/12/2014
Russia's decision to curtail gas supplies to Ukraine—and ultimately, Europe—in January 2009 helped lay the foundation for more effective US and European responses to a similar showdown more than 5 years later, a US Department of State official said on Apr. 28. "What we've learned in the last 4 weeks is that we can move quickly in a crisis," said Amos Hochstein, DOS's deputy assistant secretary for energy diplomacy, during the opening session of a 2-day conference cohosted by the Atlantic Council and the Visegrad Group. "We need to look now beyond Russia and Ukraine to other countries trying to make their foreign energy supplies more diverse." Allowing US exports of LNG...
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