Don't read other people's letters, Putin tells US amid Ukraine spat

MOSCOW (REUTERS) - Russian President Vladimir Putin responded acidly to US comments about a proposal he sent to European leaders seeking talks about Ukraine's gas debt and supplies, saying "it is not good to read other people's letters".

In a letter to 18 European leaders on Thursday, Mr Putin said Russian gas supplies to Europe could be disrupted if Moscow cuts the flow to Ukraine over unpaid bills, drawing a US accusation that Russia is using energy as a "tool of coercion".

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