Ukraine’s Naftogaz CEO accuses Russia of using gas as a geopolitical weapon as energy crisis deepens

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Naftogaz CEO Yuriy Vitrenko.Anatolii Siryk | Ukrinform | Barcroft Media | Getty ImagesLONDON — The chief executive of Ukrainian state energy giant Naftogaz has accused Russia's Gazprom of using natural gas as a geopolitical weapon, calling on the U.S. and Germany to take action against Moscow while it awaits regulatory approval for a controversial pipeline project.It comes shortly after the International Energy Agency, the world's energy watchdog, intervened to call on Russia to send more gas to Europe to alleviate the region's deepening supply crunch.The IEA's statement on Tuesday was seen as a rare rebuke of the Kremlin and lent further support to the view that Moscow has played a role in Europe's energy crisis — alongside market drivers such as extremely strong commodity prices and low wind output.European households face a steep jump in energy bills, with nerves growing ahead of winter as power and gas prices soar.Record prices that really hurt the economy of Ukraine [
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