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How Russia is using gas as a political tool to win support for the Ukraine war

By Stephen Hall, Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Politics, International Relations and Russia, University of Bath
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Russia is using its dominance of the European oil and gas market, where it accounts for 40% of EU gas consumption, to attempt to reduce support for Ukraine.

To ramp up that pressure ahead of the winter, Russia has closed off the Nord Stream 1 pipeline to Germany from August 31 to September 3 – ostensibly for maintenance, but probably as an attempt to seek concessions from Brussels over sanctions relief.…The Conversation


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