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"Energy Dependence Ties Europe’s Hands in U.S.-Russia Crisis: Europe gets almost one-third of its natural gas from Russia, limiting its ability to penalize Moscow." - SCW Newswatch: WSJ

The Wall Street Journal reports on European reliance on Russian energy and its potential impact on Europe's response to Russian aggression against Ukraine.

"Europe’s growing dependence on Russian gas and oil is limiting [European] room to maneuver ... and making [Europe] highly vulnerable ... [if] escalation [occurs in the crisis with Russia]. ... [The Senated is] expected to vote ... [on Nord Stream 2] sanctions .... Western officials accuse [Russia] of withholding extra supplies in recent months to force European regulators to approve [Nord Stream 2, which] ... the Kremlin denies. U.S. lawmakers and Ukraine say the pipeline would make Europe ever more dependent on Moscow. ... Such dependence means European governments [reportedly] aren’t willing to consider sanctions on Russian energy exports[,] ... backbone of the Russian economy .... They also are nervous about Moscow retaliating by slashing gas exports to Europe .... Russia’s saber-rattling on the Ukraine border and its failure to increase .. and ... occasional throttling of [] gas deliveries to Europe already have helped ... send energy prices rocketing there ..."

Click here for: "Energy Dependence Ties Europe’s Hands in U.S.-Russia Crisis; Europe gets almost one-third of its natural gas from Russia, limiting its ability to penalize Moscow" - Wall Street Journal/ Joe Wallace, Georgi Kantchev

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Key Words: Russia, Europe, EU, Gas, Energy, Ukraine, Sanctions, Nord Stream 2, U.S.-Russian Relations, NATO

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