Dubai/Doha — The US wants Qatar, the world’s top liquefied natural gas supplier, to challenge Russia’s gas dominance in Europe, a US administration official said on Monday. Deputy US Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette told Reuters that the US is talking with Doha about supplying Europe with LNG as it wants Germany and other countries to import Qatari and US gas rather than from Russia, which now accounts for 60% of German gas imports. The US has warned German companies about possible sanctions over the Nord Stream 2 pipeline under construction which will double Russia’s export capacity to Germany via the Baltic Sea.. Germany is Europe’s biggest energy consumer. Brouillette, speaking in Doha, said he had discussed the issue with Qatar’s Minister of State for Energy Affairs Saad al-Kaabi, who is also CEO of Qatar Petroleum (QP). “We are talking to Minister Kaabi here about other markets, specifically Europe, to the extent that we can talk to the Qataris about supplying European markets ...

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