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Rickford headed to Rome to talk energy security, Keystone XL with counterparts

CALGARY - As the Russian conflict raises questions over Europe's energy security, Natural Resources Minister Greg Rickford says Canada could be in a position to help.

He says potential exports of oil and gas to Europe aren't likely before 2020, but that Canada can offer expertise and innovation when it comes to natural resource development and energy efficiency.

Rickford is headed to a meeting of G7 energy ministers in Rome early next week.

He says he won't pass up the opportunity to push Canada's case for the stalled Keystone XL pipeline with his U.S. counterpart, Ernest Moniz.

Rickford says because Keystone XL has only been delayed at this point, not outright rejected, Ottawa is not planning to use a NAFTA challenge to get the project out of limbo.

Meanwhile, he says Canada must be nimble in accessing other global export markets as the United States becomes more and more energy self-sufficient.

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