Russia can help Europe, isn’t using gas as a weapon, says Putin

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By Vladimir Soldatkin, Kate Abnett and Shivani Singh MOSCOW/BRUSSELS/BEIJING (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday Russia was not using gas as a weapon and was ready to help ease Europe’s energy crunch as the region’s bloc called an emergency summit to tackle skyrocketing prices. Energy demand has surged as economies have rebounded from the pandemic, driving up prices of oil, gas and coal, stoking inflationary pressures and undermining efforts to cut the use of polluting fossil fuels in the fight against global warming. China, the world’s second biggest economy and its biggest…

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