Gas-starved EU nations seek end to energy crisis

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MOSCOW (AP) — The leaders of two gas-starved European nations traveled to Ukraine and Russia on Wednesday, pressing them to restore supplies as the EU threatened both nations with legal action for halting energy deliveries in the middle of a bitter winter.

But Ukraine’s natural gas company said for a second straight day it would not send Russian gas along to Europe, citing what it claimed were onerous conditions set by Russia’s gas monopoly Gazprom.

With no end to the politically charged dispute in sight — despite an agreement that sent teams of EU monitors out to pumping stations to keep tabs on the gas flows — the EU was fed up.

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