Europe prepared for Russia’s gas ‘blackmail,’ EU chief says
27 April 2022 | 3:04 pm
Russian energy giant Gazprom said it would halt gas supplies to Poland and Bulgaria, raising concerns that Moscow could use energy supplies as blackmail over the conflict in Ukraine.
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