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NATO Concerned Over Europe’s Energy Security Amid Standoff with Russia

Some of the sanctions in the bill could take effect before any invasion because of what Russia has already done, said U.S. Senators Bob Menendez, the Democratic chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
NATO concerned over Europe's energy security amid standoff with Russia
NATO flag flies in front of the Independence Monument during a rally of supporters of the “Democratic Axe” political party to thank all of Ukraine’s partners for political support and military aid, at Independence Square in Kyiv, Ukraine January 30, 2022. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko


Europe needs to diversify its energy supplies, the head of NATO said on Sunday, as Britain warned it was "highly likely" that Russia, the continent's biggest natural gas supplier, was looking to invade Ukraine.

Russia has massed some 120,000 troops near its neighbour and demanded the western defence alliance withdraw troops and weapons from eastern Europe and bar Ukraine, a former Soviet state, from ever joining the Western defence alliance.

U.S. officials have said Russia's military buildup has expanded to include supplies to treat casualties of any conflict. Across the border in Ukraine, locals trained as army reservists as the government scrambled to prepare. read more

Moscow denies any plan to invade but said on Sunday it would ask NATO to clarify whether it intends to implement key security commitments, after earlier saying the alliance's response to its demands did not go far enough.

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