In May 2014, the United States government announced intentions to accelerate the review process for LNG exports. The decision came when tensions were rising among Russia and the rest of Europe regarding its involvement in Ukraine. Europe threatened sanctions and Russia warned of cutting off supplies, but there was a major problem: the sides are mutually dependent on each other. In fact, Russia supplied 30% of all European gas needs in 2013, and a cut-off of any kind would leave Europe strained for energy and Russia strained in its bank account....

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