U.S. VS RUSSIA: GAS
The United States, wading into the international efforts to shape Greece's economic and geopolitical orientation, is pushing the leftist government in Athens to resist Russia's energy overtures.
A State Department envoy in Athens urged Greece on Friday to embrace a Western-backed project that would link Europe to natural gas supplies in Azerbaijan, rather than agree to a gas pipeline project pushed by Moscow.
The dueling sales pitches, reminiscent of a Cold War struggle, come as debt-burdened Greece is desperate for new sources of revenue of the sort that a gas pipeline could bring.
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