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EU accuses Russia of 'blackmail' as it cuts gas tap to Poland and Bulgaria

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EU accuses Russia of 'blackmail' as it cuts gas tap to Poland and Bulgaria

EU accuses Russia of 'blackmail' as it cuts gas tap to Poland and Bulgaria

Ursula von der Leyen called Gazprom's decision "yet another attempt by Russia to use gas as an instrument of blackmail" while Charles Michel said it was an "aggressive unilateral move by Russia'.


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