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4 nations urge US gas exports amid Ukraine crisis

March 9, 2014 • Business

A Ukrainian officer stands outside the gate of a military base at the Black Sea port of Sevastopol in Crimea, Ukraine, Saturday, March 8, 2014. A Ukrainian officer at the military base said that pro-Russia soldiers crashed a truck through its gates late on Friday in an attempt to take it over. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Four Central European nations are urging the United States to boost natural gas exports to Europe as a hedge against the possibility that Russia could cut off its supply of gas to Ukraine.

Ambassadors from Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic made their appeal Friday in a letter to House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio. A similar letter was expected to be sent to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.

The letter from the four nations, known as the Visegrad Group, asks for Congress to support speedier approval of natural gas exports, noting that the “presence of Login to read more

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