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Russia offers to supply etching gas to S Korea amid Japan export curb

Seoul is considering alternative options as spat with Tokyo drags on

Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with South Korean President Moon Jae-in during a meeting on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Osaka last month.   © Reuters

SEOUL -- Russia is offering to supply etching gas to South Korea, in a move that could help Seoul get around Japanese restrictions on exports to its neighbor of the key element for semiconductor production.

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