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Russia shuts major gas pipeline to Europe 

Russia has completely halted gas supplies to Europe via a major pipeline, saying repairs are needed. 

The Russian state-owned energy giant, Gazprom, said the restrictions on the Nord Stream 1 pipeline would last for the next three days. 

Russia has already significantly reduced gas exports via the pipeline. 

It denies accusations it has used energy supplies as a weapon of war against Western countries.

The Nord Stream 1 pipeline stretches 1,200km (745 miles) under the Baltic Sea from the Russian coast near St Petersburg to north-eastern Germany.

Editing by Omotola Oguneye