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Russia Turns Gas Turbines Into Bargaining Chips in Energy Fight

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  • Russia blames the West for restricting turbine maintenance
A gas turbine operates inside a compressor complex unit in Ust-Luga, Russia.
A gas turbine operates inside a compressor complex unit in Ust-Luga, Russia.Photographer: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg

Get used to reading about gas turbines: where they are, what state they’re in and, most important of all: whether they’re operating.

That’s because the security of Europe’s winter energy supply and the health of its economy now depend on a handful of the machines that Moscow is apparently using as bargaining chips to try to force the West to ease up on sanctions.