Clinton Warns Against Using Energy for Political Leverage

The US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke out against the use of energy as a political weapon at a hearing at the European Parliament on Friday, reports Reuters.

"We are...troubled by using energy as a tool of intimidation," Clinton said. "We think that's not in the interest of creating a better and better functioning energy system."

This warning comes a day after Russia threatened to stop gas supplied to Ukraine, which would also affect European supplies. The gas supply crisis was resolved when Ukraine settled payments with Gazprom.

Additionally, Clinton criticized Russia's summer invasion of Georgia, which came close to a key pipeline to Europe.