BRUSSELS, March 11 EU negotiators are pressing
U.S. counterparts to agree a framework to allow imports of U.S.
liquefied natural gas (LNG) into the European Union via a
transatlantic trade pact under discussion, people close to the
talks told Reuters.
The framework for the EU-U.S. trade negotiations does not
cover energy issues, but the crisis in Ukraine has exposed the
EU's dependence on Russia and given new impetus for EU trade
negotiators to push Washington to include natural gas.
An EU-U.S. trade accord, which negotiators aim to finalise
by the end of 2014, would make approval of U.S. LNG export
licences automatic, ending current restrictions on imports.
(Reporting by Barbara Lewis and Robin Emmott, editing by David