Russia's Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak says the EU is to blame for its energy crisis. A global gas supply crunch has sent consumer bills soaring across Europe. Novak said Russia had fulfilled its long-term contracts with the EU. The crisis was due to "the short-sighted policy of the European Union," he said.

40 percent of Europe's natural gas imports come from Russia, but this year the flow into the bloc is down by around a quarter. Novak said Russia had "huge resources" and could increase its supply to Europe. But that would require stable contracts to encourage investment in production.
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