Russia snubs US, redirects gas flow to Europe

Russia snubs US, redirects gas flow to Europefrom mosnews:
A plan to give Europe access to a substantial amount of natural gas from the giant Shtokman field originally earmarked for the U.S. market is a direct consequence of U.S. policy toward Russia on WTO membership and sanctions on Russian defense exports, Russian newspapers reported on Monday, Sept. 25.

The apparent change of thinking on Shtokman, which is located in the Barents Sea is linked specifically to recently introduced U.S. sanctions on arms export agency Rosoboronexport and on aircraft maker Sukhoi, as well as U.S. refusal to support Russia’s entry into the World Trade Organization, Vedomosti business daily has written.

“The States could not have expected that Moscow would not notice the Rosoboronexport and Sukhoi issues,” the paper quoted an unnamed source close to the administration of President Vladimir Putin as saying, referring to discussion of reorienting future gas exports.