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U.S. Says Any Russia Sanctions Wouldn’t Crimp Europe Energy

  • Biden team seeking energy contingencies if sanctions imposed
  • U.S. comments come after talks at NATO on Ukraine crisis
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The U.S. is seeking to reassure European allies that any potential sanctions against Russia if it attacks Ukraine won’t disrupt short-term energy supplies on the continent, a hard promise to keep as winter sets in. 

The U.S. is working to come up with contingency options in case President Vladimir Putin decides to cut energy supplies to Europe in response to Western nations pressing back on an invasion of Ukraine by limiting the sale of technology Russia needs for its energy sector, according to two Biden administration officials who briefed reporters Wednesday on condition of anonymity.