While the issue of tensions between Ukraine and Russia is at the heart of Western concerns, particularly because of the energy issue, a Gulf country could do well. Could Qatar sell its gas to the Europeans? ?
Westerners fear the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, which has stationed its troops, made up of thousands of soldiers, near the borders with Kiev. If Russia assures that it does not seek war, Western capitals do not share this theory.
Nor do the Westerners intend to give in to the blackmail of Russia, which wants NATO troops to leave countries close to Russia. Faced with this standoff, the Europeans have begun to study their options for supplying themselves with gas in order to circumvent their Russian dependence in the event of a confrontation with Ukraine.
Concerns are also felt in the event of the gas taps being closed at the initiative of Russia if the Europeans continue to apply pressure and refuse to give in to its expectations.
According to several experts, Westerners are considering the Qatar option, but the country is already at maximum production with its deliveries to supply its first customers (with whom it is bound by long-term contracts) , namely the countries of Asia, according to a statement by the Minister of Energy, Saad al-Kaabi, in October.
While it does not have additional capacities like Saudi Arabia for example, Qatar could try to redirect its deliveries to Europeans instead of Asian markets (South Korea, Japan, China) in an exceptional way.
And the emir of the Gulf country, is expected Monday for a meeting with the American president in Washington. Very involved and concerned about Ukraine’s security, the United States sent arms to Kiev and placed up to 8,500 soldiers on alert.
The meeting between Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani and Joe Biden, should revolve mainly around the subject of energy and how to continue to maintain balances, given that Qatar and Australia are the two main gas exporters in the world.
Washington is also in contact with Australia for an alternative supply and could increase its exports, diplomats said.