INTERVIEW-Ukraine risk may speed up U.S. gas export approvals -Total Gas & Power
* Russia's gas supply relation to Europe would not easily break down
* Tension over Ukraine unlikely to hit Yamal LNG project
* China's gas imports from Yamal seen "significant"
* Facing pressure from Yemen LNG to hike prices
By Meeyoung Cho
GOYANG, South Korea, March 24 (Reuters) - Tension between Russia and the West may spur the U.S. to speed up approvals for more projects to export gas, said the head of a UK-based unit of France's Total group, as Europe looks for other sources of fuel supply.
European worries about the security of energy supplies have grown since Russian forces seized control of the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine this month. Moscow has in years past cut gas supplies amid regional disputes.
Yet, the gas supply partnership between Russia and Europe is not likely to fall apart easily, Philippe Sauquet, president of Total Gas & Power, told Reuters in an interview on Monday.
"Even if we are concerned, ultimately we are confident. ... There is a balance that has been achieved over time ... (and) we anticipate this will continue," he said. Продолжение...