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Lithuania receives first U.S. LNG Cargo

Staff Writer | August 22, 2017
Lithuania received its first spot shipment of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the United States on Monday.
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Energy   "This is crucially important"
This is the result of a deal aimed at reducing dependence on Russia and consolidating relations with Washington amid increased tension in the region.

Russia's annexation of Crimea in 2014 has spooked the Baltic states, once ruled from Moscow but now members of both NATO and the European Union.

"This is crucially important for the whole region," said Lithuania's Foreign Affairs Minister Linas Linkevicius.

"We want to cement our relationship with the United States in many aspects in addition to defence and security - energy trade is one of the strategic areas for cooperation," he told Reuters.

The government estimates it will import half of its gas consumption in 2017 as LNG, mostly from Norway's Statoil . The rest will be imported via a gas pipeline from Russia.

In June, Lithuanian state-owned trader Lietuvos Duju Tiekimas signed a deal with a unit of U.S. firm Cheniere Energy , its first direct import of LNG from the United States.

The LNG tanker from Sabine Pass in the United States moored in Klaipeda port on Monday.