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Putin takes hard line on energy and Georgia

Russian president Vladimir Putin has resisted EU pressure to sign up to an energy charter that would secure the bloc better access to his country's gas and oil fields saying further work was needed on the document.

Brussels has been pushing for Moscow to sign up to the 1991 agreement amid fears that it is tightening its grip over the EU's energy supplies but at a summit in the Finnish town of Lahti yesterday (20 October) it came away empty handed.

"We are not against the principle...

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