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As European Leaders Visit Kyiv, Putin Cuts Their Gas Supply

By Katrin Bennhold and Melissa Eddy

16 Jun 2022 · 5 min read

Editor's Note

Putin is upping the pressure on the EU by cutting the flow of natural gas. This is causing gas prices prices to soar even higher, hurting Europe and helping Moscow.

BERLIN — As the leaders of Europe’s three biggest economies appeared in Kyiv on Thursday to send a message of support to Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin had his own message for them: Don’t forget, your industries are at my mercy.

With inflation already near a 40-year high, gas prices surged further as Russia cut flows to Europe’s most important natural gas pipeline for the second day in a row on Thursday. Germany, Italy, Austria and the Czech Republic all reported shortfalls.

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