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EU says full Russian gas halt would slash GDP

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FILE PHOTO: European Union flags flutter outside the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels

By Kate Abnett

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A full cut-off of Russian gas supplies to Europe, combined with a cold winter, could reduce average EU gross domestic product by up to 1.5% if countries do not prepare in advance, the European Commission said on Wednesday.

The European Union executive proposed a voluntary target for member states to cut gas use by 15% until March, to prepare for potential further gas cuts from Russia. It said a full Russian cut-off in an average winter could reduce average EU GDP by up to 1% if countries fail to prepare.

(Reporting by Kate Abnett; editing by Foo Yun Chee)

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