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Explainer: the potential plan to export Qatari gas to Europe

The United States is pushing a plan to export Qatari gas to the European Union in the event Russia invades Ukraine.
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Qatar may soon export natural gas to Europe amid the looming conflict between Russia and Ukraine. 

For weeks, Russia has been amassing troops on the border with its western neighbor. Some in Ukraine fear an imminent invasion as a result, though the Kremlin adamantly denies it. One reason for the buildup is Russian opposition to Ukraine and other former Soviet Union states joining the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Though talks are ongoing, the United States has so far refused to back down on Ukraine potentially joining the military alliance. Russia and Ukraine are also still fighting over several breakaway regions from eastern Ukraine. 

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