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Russia using energy as weapon, White House says about Nord Stream shutdown

·1 min read

WASHINGTON, Sept 2 (Reuters) - Russia is using energy as a tool to pressure Europe, the White House said when asked about Russia's delayed return of its Nord Stream 1 natural gas pipeline.

"It is unfortunately not surprising that Russia continues to use energy as a weapon against European consumers," a National Security Council spokesperson told Reuters in an email about the shutdown of the pipeline that sends gas to Europe. Russia scrapped a Saturday deadline to resume flows on the line, deepening Europe's problems in securing fuel for the upcoming winter.

(Reporting by Timothy Gardner; Editing by Mark Porter)