- Nov 22, 2003
Russians turn off Europe's oil supply
Tony Halpin in Moscow, Christine Seib and Roger Boyes
# Alarm at Moscow's strong-arm tactics
# Merkel tells The Times 'we need secure energy'
Europes oil supplies from Russia were being held to ransom last night as the Kremlin fell into bitter dispute with a former Soviet satellite state.
Moscow abruptly halted millions of barrels of oil destined for the EU via Belarus in an increasingly hostile wrangle with its neighbour.
The move raised further questions over whether Western Europe can trust Mr Putin for its energy supply. Experts said that Russia had a deeply entrenched habit of manipulating oil and gas supplies as a substitute for diplomatic policy...