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Seven Ambassadors Support U.S. LNG Action

On Mon. Nov. 14, seven ambassadors from Central and Eastern Europe sent joint letters to congressional leaders, calling on them to “continue working towards the goal of enacting LNG legislation still in 2016.” The effort was spearheaded by the Embassy of Poland and the letters were signed by ambassadors from the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, […]

Categories: Congress, Czech Republic, Estonia, Europe, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovak Republic, U.S. House, U.S. Senate, Ukraine

Russia-Ukraine Gas Deal Finally Signed

After around-the-clock negotiations, Russia, Ukraine, and the European Union late today (Oct. 30) signed an agreement that will enable Russia to resume shipping gas to Ukraine. According to a Reuters story: Price Agreement. Ukraine will pay $378 per 1,000 cubic meters to the end of 2014 and $365 in the first quarter of 2015. Past […]

Categories: E.U., Europe, Russia, Ukraine

Another LNG Export Bill Introduced in Congress

Four Senate Republicans—John Hoeven (ND), John McCain (AZ), Lisa Murkowski (AK), and John Barrasso (WY) introduced S. 2592, the “North Atlantic Energy Security Act,” on Thurs., July 10, to “cut the red tape holding up energy production and infrastructure development, reduce flaring, and expedite LNG exports to America’s allies.” S. 2592 has three main elements. It would: […]

Categories: Congress, F.E.R.C., Japan, Legislation, N.A.T.O., U.S. Senate, Ukraine

Important (Really!) Congressional Hearing

For six years (many moons ago), I worked for the chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee who used to joke that: “Congressional activity is an oxymoron, not unlike ‘military intelligence,’ or ‘cafeteria food.’ ” So, you can understand my reticence about putting the words ‘important’ and ‘hearing’ together in the same headline. Nonetheless, for those of […]

Categories: Congress, Energy Security, Europe, Fuel Diversity, Global Market, T.T.I.P., U.S. Senate, Ukraine

NATO Head Calls for Enhanced Energy Security

The outgoing Secretary General of the NATO alliance, former Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen, addressed an overflow crowd at the Atlantic Council on Monday (July 7) to provide his observations about the many challenges facing NATO. Rasmussen, who will end his five-year term as “SecGen” following the NATO summit that takes place in Wales […]

Categories: Atlantic Council, E.U., Energy Security, Europe, N.A.T.O., Russia, T.T.I.P., U.S., Ukraine

Gazprom Halts Gas Shipments to Ukraine

Russia’s OAO Gazprom and Ukraine’s Naftogaz have been mud wrestling for months over gas pricing and debt issues. This fight between state-controlled companies has been widely publicized and we won’t regurgitate the details here. The dispute reached a new low today, however, with Gazprom announcing that it had reduced the flow of natural gas into […]

Categories: Energy Security, Europe, Fuel Diversity, Russia, Ukraine

Pascual Discusses LNG at Atlantic Council

Ambassador Carlos Pascual, the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, addressed a packed room at the Atlantic Council on Thursday (April 3) to report on Ukraine and the E.U.– U.S. energy summit that took place in Brussels earlier this week. Pascual, the State Department’s Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs, spent nearly all of his […]

Categories: Atlantic Council, Baltic Nations, Bulgaria, D.O.S., Energy Security, Estonia, Europe, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Ukraine

Senate Committee Approves Ukraine Bill

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee took up the bill this afternoon to provide urgent assistance to Ukraine and reported it by a vote of 14-3. During the markup, Sen. John Barrosso (R-WY) did in fact offer his amendment to expedite LNG exports to Ukraine and NATO countries. However, committee chair Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) ruled […]

Categories: U.S. Senate, Ukraine

A Week of Great Contrasts

The death and destruction in and around Independence Square in the magnificent city of Kiev earlier this week served as a stark reminder that geopolitical maneuvering affects not just sovereign nations, but individuals and families as well. With a son living in Sevastopol, I watched the tragic events in Ukraine with tremendous sadness and breath-holding […]

Categories: Baltic Nations, Energy Security, Estonia, Fuel Diversity, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Ukraine

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