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Why the EU Wants to Limit Its Dependence on Russian Gas

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Jan. 19 2016, Updated 7:58 a.m. ET

Bilateral relations

The differences between the EU (FEZ) and Russia (ERUS) are growing at a larger pace. Recently, the EU (European Union) supported Turkey when authorities shot down a Russian plane. The EU, led by the US, opposed Russia’s aggression in Ukraine. This shows that these superpowers are engaged in a cold war with each other. The EU is near the North Pole. As a result, the need for natural gas isn’t avoidable during some parts of the year. A country with so many differences can exploit the EU. Experts think that Russia’s leadership is a challenge for NATO. EU members are important allies in NATO. NATO is led by the US (SPY).

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The European market is crucial for Gazprom PAO (OGZPY) because it operates with an 85% production mix in natural gas. US counterparts like ExxonMobil (XOM), Chevron (CVX) and Occidental Petroleum (OXY) operate with a production mix of 46%, 33%, and 25% in natural gas.

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