WASHINGTON, March 6 U.S. Deputy Secretary of
State William Burns said on Thursday there are discussions at
high levels within the U.S. government on how to use U.S.
natural gas resources as the country addresses the crisis in
U.S. Senator Bob Corker, a Tennessee Republican, asked Burns
if "it would be fair to say" there are active discussions at
such levels about how to use natural gas to assist in dealing
with European reluctance to enact sanction over the Ukraine
crisis, as well as with Ukraine.
"There certainly is," Burns responded during a Senate
Foreign Relations Committee hearing.
(Reporting by Patricia Zengerle; Editing by Bill Trott)