Today, U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) announced that he plans to introduce amendments to the economic assistance package to Ukraine that will be considered by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. His amendments will focus on allowing the United States to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Ukraine and members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
"As long as Ukraine and our NATO allies are overly dependent on Russian gas, Vladimir Putin will be able to hold them and their economies hostage. Congress should respond by giving Ukraine as well as our NATO allies an alternative supply of natural gas--just as the ambassadors of Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia called for on Thursday. My amendments will require the Obama Administration to approve applications to export LNG to countries like Ukraine and our NATO allies. If Members are willing to provide American taxpayer dollars for Ukraine to pay its Russian gas bill, Congress should work to ensure that Ukraine has the opportunity to buy U.S. natural gas. By passing my amendments, the United States has the potential to be a strategic energy supplier to our allies."