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More Russian Energy Bullying – WSJ



Vladimir Putin can smell weakness like a wolf, and these days he’s preying on Europe’s energy emergency to increase his influence at the European Union’s periphery. Consider Moscow’s pressure on Moldova.

The small country’s gas contract with Russia’s state-owned Gazprom expired in September. Moscow, which had provided 100% of the country’s gas, promptly cut supplies by a third. Gazprom then asked for a major price hike to keep the gas coming, and Moldova eventually declared a state of emergency.




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