WASHINGTON (AP) - Four Central European nations are urging the U.S. to boost natural gas exports 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 in a letter Friday to House Speaker John Boehner. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the letter.
The letter says boosting exports would help address energy security challenges the region faces. The ambassadors say unrest in Ukraine has brought back Cold War memories.
Ukraine is heavily dependent on Russian gas. Previous disputes between Ukraine and Russia have led to gas supply cuts.
Boehner has been urging Obama to approve more gas exports to undercut Russia's leverage. But the White House says that would have no immediate effect.