EU plans to cut gas use in response to Russia threat

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European Union ministers were expected Tuesday to approve a plan to jointly reduce their use of gas this winter, to counter Russia’s manipulation of supplies as an economic weapon. Czech industry minister Jozef Sikela, whose country holds the rotating EU presidency, said Russian President Vladimir Putin was behind state-run Gazprom’s plan to cut gas deliveries to Europe. “Putin will continue to play his dirty games in misusing and blackmailing gas supplies,” Sikela said as he arrived to discuss the joint plan with the EU energy ministers in Brussels. The Gazprom cut, he said, “is just an addit…

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