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Moscow is attempting to block the extraction of Romanian shale gas, which would reduce the reliance of the country and European Union on Russian energy, points out the daily.

At the end of January, Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta changed his postion on the issue, having previously announced in the spring of 2012 that he was opposed to drilling.

“A Russian hand” is apparently behind the protests in Bârlad, in eastern Romania, where more than 8,000 people demonstrated on February 27.