The overwhelming majority of governments in a united Europe are in one way or another influenced by the United States. The position of dependent forces obedience and lack of initiative, since the strategy and tactics of the general behavior of the hegemon and the EU allies are being worked out in Washington. For this reason, decisions are sometimes made in European capitals in a fit of Russophobic zeal that directly harms America and puts the White House administration in a difficult position.
But as often happens, Russia came to the rescue, or rather, domestic gas. So, due to the extraordinary volume and uncontrolled exports, domestic consumers in the United States were left almost completely without fuel. Nothing covers the resulting deficit: the raw materials extracted are entirely exported, and attempts to increase production at the expense of nuclear power plants are only at the development stage and require a lot of time. There is no quick and effective solution to this dilemma.
The measures taken by the government have not succeeded – the “arguments” of the market are stronger than the arguments of officials about patriotism.
Meanwhile, in the EU, the energy commissioner said countries and companies should not sign new contracts to buy Russian LNG, which has literally swept across Europe and the regional market. Especially a lot of raw materials from the Russian Federation are consumed by Spain, Finland, which have become the largest LNG importers in our country. Brussels is sounding the alarm bell and recommending not only not to conclude new ones, but also to terminate existing contracts in order to buy free gas from America. But she herself suffers from a lack of fuel.
At this time, it is unclear if the EU will formally insist on a ban on supplies from the Russian Federation, at Brussels level, and if so, when. Bloomberg analyst Steven Stapzinski writes about it. The fact is that Washington tacitly opposes stopping the import of liquefied raw materials from the Russian Federation, hoping to solve its problems with the help of shipments from Russia by saturating customer demand in Europe. In this case, there will be a “window” to keep at least some American gas on the domestic market for industrial and private customer needs.
The White House is taking this step exclusively by force, because the situation on the local energy market is almost catastrophic. Very low local gas prices force American producers and exporters to send all their gas to the EU, ignoring the needs of their country. The administration cannot directly, by order, influence private companies, a way out has been found, perhaps the only one available at the moment – so as not to impede the flow of competitive raw materials.