Putin says Russia is not using gas as a weapon, stands ready to aid Europe

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Russian President Vladimir Putin talks during the plenary session of Russian Energy Week on October 4, 2017 in Moscow, Russia.Mikhail Svetlov | Getty Images Europe | Getty ImagesRussian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that his country is not using energy as a weapon against Europe and that Russia stands ready to help the region as its energy crisis continues."We are not using any weapons," Putin told CNBC on Wednesday. "Even during the hardest parts of the Cold War Russia regularly has fulfilled its contractual obligations and supplies gas to Europe," he said.Describing reports that Russia has withheld gas supplies to Europe, Putin called such accusations as "politically-motivated blather" and there was "nothing to support it [the idea] that we use energy as a kind of weapon." On the contrary, he said, Russia was "expanding its supplies to Europe."Putin's comments came as he participated in a panel moderated by CNBC's Hadley Gamble at Russian Energy Week.Speaking ahead
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