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The European Union and the United States confirmed plans to collaborate on diversifying energy supplies to Europe and Ukraine while continuing cooperation with Russia.The EU-U.S. Energy Council met Wednesday in Brussels to discuss reinforcing energy security in Europe after Russia – which meets a third of the region's gas needs – annexed Ukraine's Crimea Peninsula, sparking the worst East-West tensions since the Cold War. The council encouraged Europe to further diversify supply routes, increase energy efficiency, complete an integrated energy market and welcome U.S. liquefied natural gas, the EU said in a statement.Ukraine, which depends on Russian gas for about half of its supplies, is exploring ways to import gas from Slovakia, Hungary and Poland by using the pipelines in reverse mode.That is equivalent to 74 percent of what Ukraine imported from Russia last year, according to data from Russian energy giant OAO Gazprom, which has a monopoly on pipeline gas exports.
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