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Before the war the United States asked for additional gas at Groningen

Before the war the United States asked for additional gas at Groningen

More than a month after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the U.S. government asked the Netherlands to extract more gas from Groningen to prevent shortages in the global gas market.

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reports that Head Financial Document (FD) In response to documents requested by the newspaper. According to experts, the request shows that the United States already knew at an early stage that the war that would then develop would lead to a severe energy crisis.

Declassified documents show that Washington did everything it could to prevent such a crisis. On January 19, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate (EZK) received an email from the US Embassy. He wants to call the Netherlands soon about the role that increasing production in Groningen can play in securing energy in Europe.

Energy prices had skyrocketed for weeks at the time, as Russia had sharply cut its gas exports ahead of the war. In addition, the United States, among others, expected Russia to start a war with Ukraine, resulting in a global energy shortage.

On February 24, Russia invaded Ukraine. A day later, the United States invites the Netherlands. According to the interview report, Dutch officials explain that Groningen’s gas extraction is ‘very unlikely’. A formal request has not yet come from the Americans to operate the pipeline.

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