Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel look at each other while answering journalists' questions during a joint news conference in Moscow's Kremlin, in this November 16, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov/Files
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Germany's reliance on Russian natural gas poses a threat to European sovereignty, Polish Prime Minister Doland Tusk warned Monday amid rising East-West tensions over Ukraine.The top European economy buys around one third of its oil and gas from Russia and has extensive trade and investment links with the vast country to the east.Washington on Friday played down the risk posed to the European economy by Russia's threat to cut off gas supplies to Ukraine, insisting the region had adequate stocks.Russia is Europe's biggest single energy supplier and its natural gas pipelines mainly run through Ukraine, where some is used and some passes through to major Western economies such as Germany.
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