Which is as much of a lie as VVP denying using energy as a political tool. And they should be as well (dyevs and VVP.) At the risk of sounding slightly dated; if you've got it, flaunt it. And the last time I looked the dyevs aren't shy about flaunting it. I also had not noticed the USA hiding its economic and political might under a bushel. Russia has energy, energy and maybe an education system - time to pull on the low-cut top, high-cut skirt and killer-stilettos. Shout it from the roof tops. We have energy, listen to us idle old-Europe if you want to stay warm, or cool.
I believe a certain ex-Pole by the name of Brezinski would call it Real Politik.
Russian President Vladimir Putin rejected Western criticism that Russia has been using its vast energy resources as a political weapon. " We are always told that Russia is using its...economic resources to achieve its foreign policy aims. This is not the case", said Putin at a news conference Thursday. "Russia has been meeting all of its obligations in full, and will continue to do so in the future", however "…we're not obliged to subsidize the economies of other countries. Nobody does that, so why are they demanding it of us?", said the Russian President who noted that everything Russia does as part of own energy strategy, as well as its accords with transit countries are aimed to better meet the needs of major consumers of the Russian energy.