ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan, R - Alaska, appeared for an exclusive interview on Meet the Press, where the upcoming NATO Summit was only one talking point.
Sullivan said projects like the Alaska LNG that increase U.S. energy production could help to improve relations between the two countries.
“Putin understands power,” Sullivan told Meet the Press. “And let me just mention one other area, energy. Chuck, we have this great opportunity, unleashing American energy. I was in a meeting with senator McCain about a year and a half ago, with a senior Russian dissident, and at the end of the meeting I asked him ‘what more can we do to push back against Putin?’ He said the number one thing Americans can do is produce more American energy. We are doing that in Alaska with the opening of ANWR, LNG.”
Sullivan said President Trump needs to demand Russia change its behavior if it wants a better relationship with the U.S.
Sullivan referred to Russia as a clear adversary, and said the U.S. needs to take aggressive action towards it.
He said some of this action starts in the Arctic, where in 2015 Alaska produced .6 percent of total global crude oil production, according to a McDowell group study.
In the interview, Sullivan said he believed the NATO summit was successful, saying President Trump made progress towards countries meeting their commitment to spend at least two percent of their GDP on defense.