March 9, 2018 / 1:09 PM / a year ago

Dutch PM Rutte - Prepare counter measures against U.S. steel tariffs

FILE PHOTO - The new Minister of Foreign Affairs, Stef Blok arrives for talks with Prime Minister Mark Rutte in The Hague, the Netherlands March 5, 2018 REUTERS/Michael Kooren

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The European Union must be prepared to take counter measures against U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said on Friday.

“We strive for de-escalation, but we must make clear that we are prepared to take countermeasures,” Rutte told journalists.

Reporting by Stephanie van den Berg and Mart Meijer; Writing by Anthony Deutsch; Editing by Catherine Evans

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