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Germany Opens Door to Qatar Natural Gas in Pivot From Russia

  • Economy minister Habeck says private sector will make deals
  • Major economies seeking alternative sources amid Ukraine shock
A petroleum refinery near Umm Sa'id, Qatar.

A petroleum refinery near Umm Sa'id, Qatar.

Photographer: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

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Qatar said it agreed to work on supplying Germany with liquefied natural gas as Europe’s biggest economy seeks to reduce its dependence on Russian energy.

After years of uncertainty that stymied Qatari LNG sales, German Economy Minister Robert Habeck said during talks in Doha on Sunday his government plans to fast-track the construction of two LNG import terminals, QatarEnergy said in a statement that lacked specifics.