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EU, US Reaffirm ‘Energy Independence’ Gameplan – 3 April 2014

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US and EU diplomats have said they will help Ukraine cut back on Russian gas, and also promised to help diversify the Russian-dominated European energy market, a difficult long term task for energy-dependent EU countries.

US Secretary of State John Kerry, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and other energy advisors met in Brussels on Wednesday for an energy summit.

“Developments in Ukraine have brought energy security concerns to the fore and prove the need to reinforce energy security in Europe,” the summit statement said.

Ukraine is the main transit route for Europe-bound Russian gas exports – about a third of Europe’s gas passes through the country – and is therefore crucial to energy stability.

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