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Putin warns that Ukraine could plunder gas

Europe is at risk of a very cold winter if Ukraine siphons gas from the Russian pipelines crossing the country, says Russia's President Vladimir Putin.

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This Monday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel received a phone call from her Russian counterpart, in which Vladimir Putin warned her of the risk that many European countries might be left out in the cold this winter.

Euractiv/Reuters writes, based on a statement from the Kremlin, that Putin has warned Merkel of an increased risk that Ukraine could siphon gas from the pipelines crossing the country which transport gas to large parts of the EU. This is due to Ukraine changing its stance from previous years and deciding not to buy gas from Russia this year, due to the ongoing conflict between the two nations regarding Crimea.

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