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EU will respond if Washington sanctions European energy companies over Nord Stream 2 project

Sanctions are already a major issue in relations between Europe and America

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Russian media reports that the Vice President of the European Commission for Energy is promising a retaliation if the US issues sanctions against European energy corporations over participation in the Nord Stream 2 project.

Sputnik reports:

It is US pressure that prompts Danish authorities to deliberately drag their feet on issuing a permit for the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, sources told Russia’s Izvestia newspaper.

Vice-President of the European Commission for Energy Union Maros Sefcovic was quoted by Russian media as saying that the EU will have to respond in kind if the US decides to slap sanctions on the European companies involved in the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.

When asked whether Washington should threaten Brussels with punitive measures and intervene in debates on the future of the Nord Stream 2 project, Sefcovic recalled that the European Union remains a large economy which he said must uphold its economic interests and protect its companies.

He urged US counterparts to hold talks before considering the introduction of sanctions against each other.

US Applies Pressure to Prevent Nord Stream 2 Construction

Sefcovic’s remarks came after the Russian newspaper Izvestia cited sources as saying that Denmark, which has yet to issue permission for the construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, is “apparently scared of disappointing its main ally Washington, which twists its partners’ arms in order to force Russian gas out of the European market and fill it with its LNG.”

The sources added that “at the same time, Copenhagen fears spoiling relations with Berlin, which supports the construction of Nord Stream 2 as a commercial project.”

In a written commentary for Sputnik, Nord Stream AG spokesman Jens Moeller, for his part, recalled that “in April 2017, Nord Stream 2 applied in accordance with the existing law for a route based on the guidance received from Danish authorities during the successful planning and construction of the existing Nord Stream pipeline.”

“Nord Stream 2 considers this planned route to be the optimal alignment based on the applicable national and international law, current regulatory framework and environmental and safety considerations. We intend to pursue our application with the currently planned route,” he pointed out.

In late November 2017, Denmark introduced an array of amendments to the country’s legislation, which allows the government to reject the construction of pipelines in Danish territorial waters due to security reasons or foreign policy issues.

Foreign Policy magazine, in turn, quoted three sources familiar with the issue as saying in early June that the US administration is close to slapping sanctions on energy companies from Germany and other EU countries that are involved in the implementation of the Nord Stream 2 project.

One of the sources said that “the [Trump] administration is taking a whole government approach to stopping the Nord Stream project.”

Nord Stream 2 is a joint venture between Russia’s Gazprom, France’s Engie, Austria’s OMV AG, the Anglo-Dutch company Royal Dutch Shell, as well as Uniper and Wintershall of Germany.

The project involves the construction of two legs of a gas pipeline to run from the Russian coast through the Baltic Sea to Germany. The pipeline is due to be put into operation in 2019.

The United States, one of Europe’s largest trading partners and primary security ally, has been on a two fold mission to shut down the Nord Stream 2 project both to obstruct any sort of further cooperation between Europe and Russia as well as to further promote American LNG to the European market. Sanctions are already a major issue in relations between Europe and America as they inhibit improved relations and trade with Russia and they threaten the non proliferation agreement with Iran, to which the EU and three European member states are signatories. But the present moment is not the best for issuing even more threats against Europe, due to Trump’s escalating trade war, having recently levied tariffs against European steel and aluminum, and threatening more tariffs, this time against European autos.

 

 

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TOMMY ROBINSON: THERE’S A REVOLUTION COMING . NEXT EVENT WHITEHALL LONDON 14TH JULY #FREETOMMY 🇬🇧

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The imbeciles think that endless sanctions and tit/for/tat destroying of economies is sensible..

Typical united snakes and Euro nutters, bound up in their insanities.

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I can only imagine Germany cuting off physically Denmark from the EU map………best way to deal with ruthless, cold, inhospitable individuals .lol, even Elsinore was a tragedy.

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This has nothing whatsoever to do with energy security the US just wants to dump their rip off priced LNG onto European customers.

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Europe is pathetic and weak – always doing what Washington tells them to do. Washington puts sanctions on Russia and tells Europe – like weak idiots they are – to support sanctions against Russia. Europe is threatened with sanctions from Washington. Now Europe is being treated with the same disdain Russia received from Washington – sanctions from Washington. Sooner or later European leaders will come to the realization that Putin and Russia are the only grown-up adults in the room. Sooner or later European leaders will come to realize that Russia and China are going to be the new boys… Read more »

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This is MORE than tit for tat tariffs….Trump is threatening SANCTIONS against the EU….Dont foget that according to International Law, imposition of sanctions, without UNSC approval is AN ACT OF WAR! The EU should, in that case SANCTION the US…thus putting them at all but a shooting war against the US!!!

Following this logic, the EU, if it was smart would withdraw its troops from Russia’s borders to their home territories in order to protect themselves against the US!

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There is already a plan B to circumvent Danish waters, a relatively small increase, but that is not a problem. EU can spout all their puny, weak BS, but Nord Stream 2 will continue’unfortunately Denmark will lose a fair bit of money (free money).

As a side issue, strangely enough the Yankers haven’t gobbed off at all about the Turk Stream, remember it doesn’t just go to Turkey, i pipeline into Turkey, the other into SOUTH and SOUTH-EAST Europe; what a surprise !!.

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Nah! All those news you see spewing out from the west are a gimmick. G7 (rings the bell?) is up to something. Hyenas know the pack has to colaborate.

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The anti-EU people are out here: boring and little sense of how huge and diversified European countries are with many cultures and languages. It is not just 500 million people how are all weak compared to the inflated comments here.

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Well, Europe (or most of it)…finally realizing it doesn’t pay to keep crawling up the Yankee rectum???

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James Woods Suspended From Twitter Over Satirical Meme That Could “Impact An Election”

James Woods crushes Jack Dorsey: “You are a coward, @Jack.”

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Outspoken conservative actor James Woods was suspended from posting to Twitter over a two-month-old satirical meme which very clearly parodies a Democratic advertisement campaign. While the actor’s tweets are still visible, he is unable to post new content.

The offending tweet from July 20, features three millennial-aged men with “nu-male smiles” and text that reads “We’re making a Woman’s Vote Worth more by staying home.” Above it, Woods writes “Pretty scary that there is a distinct possibility this could be real. Not likely, but in this day and age of absolute liberal insanity, it is at least possible.”

According to screenshots provided by an associate of Woods’, Twitter directed the actor to delete the post on the grounds that it contained “text and imagery that has the potential to be misleading in a way that could impact an election.

In other words, James Woods, who has approximately 1.72 million followers, was suspended because liberals who don’t identify as women might actually take the meme seriously and not vote. 

In a statement released through associate Sara Miller, Woods said “You are a coward, @Jack,” referring to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. “There is no free speech for Conservatives on @Twitter.

Earlier this month, Woods opined on the mass-platform ban of Alex Jones, tweeting: ““I’ve never read Alex Jones nor watched any of his video presence on the internet. A friend told me he was an extremist. Believe me that I know nothing about him. That said, I think banning him from the internet is a slippery slope. This is the beginning of real fascism. Trust me.”

Nu-males everywhere non-threateningly smirk at Woods’ bad fortune…

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A woman believed to have been one of five people at a party 35 years ago where Ford claims she was assaulted by Kavanaugh is now the fourth person to deny being at any such party.

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A witness, reportedly named by Christine Blasey Ford as one of the people at the high school party where Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh allegedly sexually assaulted her, told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Saturday she was not there.

The attorney for Leland Ingham Keyser told the Senate Judiciary Committee that Keyser does not remember being at the party Ford described as the location of the alleged assault.

“Ms. Keyser does not know Mr. Kavanaugh and she has no recollection of ever being at a party or gathering where he was present, with, or without, Dr. Ford,” Keyser said in the statement. CNN reported Keyser is a lifelong friend of Ford’s.

Keyser, whom the New York Times reported is one of the people Ford named as being in attendance at the party, is the third witness who has denied knowing about the alleged assault. Mark Judge and Patrick Smyth said earlier this week they did not remember the party in question.

Kavanaugh has denied Ford’s allegation.

The news comes after Ford, through her attorneys, tentatively agreed to testify on Thursday, after days of negotiations over the timing and conditions of her

Committee chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, had repeatedly extended deadlines set for Ford’s team on the decision, including three on Friday and one at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Grassley threatened to proceed with a committee vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination Monday if he did not hear from Ford.

“Five times now we [have] granted extension for Dr Ford to decide if she wants to proceed [with] her desire stated one [week] ago that she wants to tell senate her story,” Grassley tweeted Friday. “Dr Ford if u changed ur mind say so so we can move on I want to hear ur testimony. Come to us or we to u.”

The extended discussions have been labeled a delaying tactic by some Republicans.

Ford’s attorneys and Grassley’s aides will reportedly continue negotiations Sunday on the details of the conditions of Ford’s testimony, per the New York Times.

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The New York Times is reporting that Rod Rosenstein pushed a plan to record President Trump and invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office.

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According to a report in Politico, Republicans in Congress are approaching a story about Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein attempting to organize a palace coup with extreme caution, despite having twice nearly gathered the votes to remove him in the recent past.

On Friday, the NYT reported a bombshell story alleging that Rosenstein had tried to recruit administration officials to secretly tape conversations with the president in order to help justify removing Trump under the 25th amendment. Rosenstein vehemently denied the story, which was largely based on confidential memos written by former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe. And others who were reportedly in attendance at meeting between McCabe and Rosenstein said the Deputy AG was being “sarcastic” when he suggested that the president be taped.

Meanwhile, Trump allies including Ohio Congressman Jim Jordan and Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz are saying that the story should be treated with suspicion. Jordan and Freedom Caucus leader Mark Meadows once filed articles of impeachment against Rosenstein. But now, both Meadows and Jordan intend to proceed with caution, telling Politico that he would like to see the memos that the story was based on.

House Freedom Caucus leaders Mark Meadows and Jim Jordan, who led a charge to impeach Rosenstein this summer, have said they want to hear from Rosenstein and see documents allegedly describing the comments before they decide what to do.That’s awarded Rosenstein a courtesy they’ve never given him in the past.

“I think Rod needs to come before Congress this week and explain under oath what exactly he said and didn’t say,” Meadows said at the Values Voters Summit Saturday.

The newfound hesitation to oust Rosenstein highlights a cautious approach Trump allies have adopted as the Republican party barrels toward a potential bloodbath in the midterms. Some Republicans fear Trump firing Rosenstein now would only further energize Democrats making the case to voters that the president is corrupt and needs to be reined in by a Democratic House.

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In a Friday interview, Jordan, one of Rosenstein’s fiercest critics in Congress, sidestepped questions about whether the House should revisit Rosenstein’s impeachment or try to hold him in contempt of Congress. Rather, he said, a more focused push to obtain sensitive documents from the Justice Department — which Trump’s allies say would expose anti-Trump bias and corruption the FBI — is the most urgent priority.

“I want to see those memos and evaluate them,” said Jordan, who has clashed publicly with Rosenstein over access to documents and accused him of threatening House Intelligence Committee staffers, an allegation Rosenstein denied.

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Sean Hannity took this latter theory a step further during his show on Friday evening, where he urged Trump not to fire Rosie and instead insisted that the story could have been a “trap”. He added that he had been told by “multiple sources” that the story was planted by unspecified “enemies of Trump.”

“I have a message for the president tonight,” Hannity said Friday night. “Under zero circumstances should the president fire anybody…the president needs to know it is all a setup.”

Still, a handful of conservative commentators, including Laura Ingraham, urged Trump to fire Rosenstein immediately. And for Trump’s part, he hinted at a rally Friday night in Missouri that he planned to “get rid” of the “lingering stench” at the DOJ, which many interpreted as a hint that his firing is imminent.

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