March 9, 2018 / 1:10 PM / 10 months ago

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

FILE PHOTO: Netherlands' Prime Minister Mark Rutte arrives at a European Union leaders informal summit in Brussels, Belgium, February 23, 2018. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

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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