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Ukraine may take 'asymmetric' steps if Russia shuts down gas transit

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An employee is seen at a gas metering station near Berehove, Ukraine, October 7, 2021. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

KYIV, Oct 26 (Reuters) - Ukraine can take "asymmetric" measures if Russia stops using Ukraine as a transit route for natural gas, Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said on Tuesday, without elaborating.

Ukraine accuses Russia of using energy as a weapon against Europe and bitterly opposes the launch of Russia's Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which bypasses Ukraine.

"Russia has not yet cut off gas supplies to Ukraine," Kuleba said in a question-and-answer session on Twitter. "In case the Kremlin decides to do so and destroy the remnants of its reputation as an energy supplier to Europe, we have a series of asymmetric steps in return."

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