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Russian Official Laments Oil Dispute

Russia’s trade minister acknowledged Saturday that his country’s reputation as an energy supplier suffered in the dispute with Belarus that disrupted oil exports to Europe, and said Russia must build more alternative export routes. German Gref, who took part in top-level negotiations that concluded late Friday, said it will take years for Russia to overcome European fears about Moscow’s dependability, which had already been damaged by last year’s price dispute with Ukraine. That dispute resulted in temporary shortages of Russian gas to European customers. Full Story

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