President Donald Trump plans to use an excess supply of U.S. natural gas to keep Eastern European countries from being completely dependent on Russian oil and gas.
The president will tell world leaders in Poland Thursday that the U.S. wants to make it easier for companies to ship natural gas products to Eastern Europe, the White House said Monday. Trump allegedly intends to break up Russia’s energy monopolization in Europe.
Trump will attend a summit later this month involving countries surrounding the Adriatic, Baltic and Black Seas before he meets the Group of 20 leading economies in Germany. He is also slated to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin for the first time at the meeting.
The White House’s position would reduce the impact of Russia using energy as a weapon against European countries that stray from Putin’s bidding, James Jones, a former NATO Supreme Allied Commander, told reporters.
“I think the United States can show itself as a benevolent country by exporting energy and by helping countries that don’t have adequate supplies become more self-sufficient and less dependent and less threatened,” he said.
The Daily Caller