Ambassadors from Croatia, the Czech Republic, Latvia, and Lithuania, as well as the Deputy Chief of Mission from the Polish Embassy, recently explained why their nations continue to be supportive of measures that would expedite U. S. LNG exports. Fred H. Hutchison, Executive Director, LNG Allies, gathered their statements, for the benefit of the CEEP Report. Ambassador Petr Gandalovič, the Czech Republic: The United States has just taken an important step with regard to energy markets. On the 18th of December, the U.S. crude oil export ban was lifted, which should help improve global markets over the long-term. The same applies to LNG. We welcome new, independent sources on the market —especially those not governed by political, but rather business priorities. The Czech Republic has experienced many situations, where we realised that it was not only important to diversify pipelines and routes of distribution, but also sources themselves. This applies to the situation of LNG from the United States. “We fully support the bill that is currently in the Senate, and that’s not a new position for us. I would remind you that the V-4 [Visegrád-4] countries sent a letter to the congressional leadership, two years ago, supporting the first attempts to liberalise U.S. LNG exports. So, this is our consistent policy, and I am happy to confirm that this policy priority continues”. Ambassador Andris Razāns, Latvia: Latvia is one of those countries in the Baltic region, that until now, has been fully dependent upon Russian gas. Of course, things are changing, and this is an extremely important year for my country. We are very close to creating very clear [...]
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