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Laos grabs for Russian lifeline as it fights fuel shortage

But cheap fuel risks steep foreign policy price for neutral Vientiane

Drivers line up for fuel at a gas station in Vientiane during mid-June. (Photo by Kosuke Inoue)

BANGKOK -- Laos intends to take advantage of its unaligned stance on Moscow's invasion of Ukraine by gaining access to Russian oil that would alleviate the fuel shortage gripping the Southeast Asian country.

On a mid-June day in the capital, Vientiane, lines of motorcycles and passenger cars stretched nearly 200 meters out of a service station since morning.

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