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US urges Greece to reject Russian gas pipe plan and accept West's

US says Greece will appeal more to Western investors and can help cut EU's dependence on Russian gas

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The pipeline proposed by Russian giant Gazprom will carry gas to Europe through Turkey and Greece, bypassing Ukraine.

Athens

THE United States, wading into the international efforts to shape Greece's economic and geopolitical orientation, is pushing the leftist government in Athens to resist Russia's energy overtures.

A State Department envoy in Athens urged Greece on Friday to embrace a Western-