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White House alarm rises over Europe as Putin threatens energy supply

By Jeff Stein

11 Sep 2022 · 5 min read

Editor's Note

The Washington Post reports that White House officials are becoming increasingly concerned Putin will retaliate against Europe by completely cutting off oil and gas shipments.

WASHINGTON - White House officials are growing increasingly alarmed about Europe's energy crisis and Russian President Vladimir Putin's threats to force a bleak winter on the continent.

Seeking to punish Russia for the invasion of Ukraine and force a retreat, Western allies have moved to set a cap on what buyers pay for Russian oil. Putin last week said Russia would retaliate by cutting off gas and oil shipments, which could devastate Europe's economy and hurt the United States by sending global energy prices soaring.

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