He stated this at IHS Markit’s CERAWeek conference in Houston, the USA, Reuters reports.
Pompeo urged the oil industry to work with the Trump administration to promote U.S. foreign policy interests, especially in Asia and in Europe, and to punish what he called “bad actors” on the world stage.
The United States has imposed harsh sanctions in the past several months on two major world oil producers, Venezuela and Iran.
Pompeo said the U.S. oil-and-gas export boom had given the United States the ability to meet energy demand once satisfied by its geopolitical rivals.
“We don’t want our European allies hooked on Russian gas through the Nord Stream 2 project, any more than we ourselves want to be dependent on Venezuelan oil supplies,” Pompeo said, referring to a natural gas pipeline expansion from Russia to Central Europe.
Pompeo called Russia’s invasion of Ukraine an attempt to gain access to the country’s oil and gas reserves.
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