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Putin says Europe only has itself to blame for surging gas prices

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By Vladimir Soldatkin and Natalia Zinets MOSCOW/KYIV (Reuters) -The European Union can only blame its own policies for record gas prices as some of its members resell cheap Russian gas at much higher prices within the bloc, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday. Putin also called on the EU to approve a new Russian gas route, the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, to ease the price crunch. Europe’s benchmark gas price climbed to a new record on Tuesday, up almost 800% since the start of the year. The price eased on Friday, but it was still up more than 400%. Nord Stream 2 is opposed by the Unite…

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