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Russia should not be allowed to use energy as a weapon: Perry

U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry attends a joint news conference with Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto in Budapest, Hungary, November 13, 2018. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

BUDAPEST (Reuters) – Russia has historically used energy as a coercive weapon and that continues today, U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry said on Tuesday during a visit to Budapest.

“We should no longer allow the Kremlin to use energy as a weapon,” Perry told a news conference in Budapest, stressing the importance of diversifying energy supplies in the region.

Perry was speaking during a visit to east European countries as the administration of President Donald Trump seeks to encourage the purchase of gas from the United States or other suppliers rather than increasing purchases from Russia.

Reporting by Krisztina Than; editing by David Evans

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