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Rice tells Russia not to use energy as weapon

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice lambasted Moscow on Monday for using its oil and gas wealth as a "Political weapon" And said democratic reforms would strengthen Russia's ties with Washington.

 

In a speech on the state of US-Russia relations, Rice conceded there was a "certain distance" between Washington and Moscow, but she rejected suggestions there had been a return to the frosty ties of the Cold War era. (Reuters)