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Letter From Visegrad Group Ambassadors Re Natural Gas Exports

Letter From Visegrad Group Ambassadors Re Natural Gas Exports

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Hungarian
Presidency2013 2014
the
VISEGRADGROUP
March
6
2014The
Honorable
Harry
Reid
Majority
Leader
United
StatesSenate
Washington DC
20510
Dear
Majority
Leader
FlarryReid
As
events
inUkraine
bring
back
the
memories
of
the
Cold
War
 i~om
whichali
of
our
countries
sufíered
terribly
we
are
wr t n
to
highlight
the
overall
importance
of
U S
engagement
in
Central
andEastem
Europe
and
mot~
speci~cally
in
the
area
of
energysecurity
and
reliable
supply
ofnatural
gas
On
March
4 the
Prime
Ministers
of
the
Visegrad
countriesreiterated
their
strong
interest
inmaintaining
the
sovereignty
independence
and
temtorialintegrity
of
Ukraine
and
called
on
Russiatorespectits
intemational
commilments
and
legal
obligations
inciuding
the
Budapest
Memorandum.
Despite
signitkant
diversification
efforts
our
dependenceon
natural
gas
imports
from
a
singiesupplier
is
stili
anywherebetween70 100°o
in
the
region
andthe
gas
crises
of
2006and
2009
have
shownthat
the
region
is
more
vulnerabie
to
energy
security
risks
than
most
of
the
Europeancountries.
It
is
not
hardto
see
that
energy
security
remains
tobe
a
critical
aspect
of
the
region’s
geostrategic
stabiiity
andindependence.
With
I~cent
infrastructural
investments
inCentral
and
EastemEurope
it
became
possibie
to
build
“reverse
gas
Uows”
which
have
allowed
sending
gas
from
Poland
and
Hungary
to
Ukraine
at
a
cheaper
price
than
what
Ukrainians
had
to
pay.
As
a
result
in
2013alone
Ukraineimportedalmost
2
billion
cubic
meters
of
naturai
gas
from
Poiand
and
Hungary.
Reverse
flow
capabilitiescould
be
further
eniargedand
a
potentialSiovak Ukrainiandirection
couid
be
added.
Aswe
know
af~er
two
months
of
decreased
gas
price
on
March
4
Russia
again
unilateraily
increased
the
price
of
gas
suppiied
to
Ukraine.
Eariier
today
theEuropean
Union
Heads
of
State
and
Governrnent
confinned
thatthe
EU
stands
ready
toassist
Ukraine
in
securing
its
energy
supply.
Gas to gas
competition
inourregion
is
a
vital
aspect
ofnationai
security
and
a
key
U.S.
interest
in
the
region.
It
is
for
this
reason
that
we
now
ask
for
your
support.
With
the
current
shale
gas
revolution
in
the
United
States
American
companies
arc
seeking
to
export
gas
inciuding
to
Europe.
But
the
existing
bureaucratichurdies
for
the
approval
of
the
export
licensesto
non FTA
countries
like
the
Visegrad
countries
arc
a
major
hurdie.

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