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Nord Stream 2 enters final stage of completion (Video)

The Duran Quick Take: Episode 557.

The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss the progress of Nord Stream 2. Despite sanctions and many roadblocks, the energy pipeline from Russia through Germany is heading towards completion and the geopolitics of Europe will forever change.


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Via Sputnik News…

Threats to impose sanctions against the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project are discrimination against European companies, the project operator, Nord Stream 2 AG, told reporters.

“Any threat of sanctions is unlawful discrimination against European companies. We agree with the European Commission that extraterritorial sanctions are a violation of international law and that EU policies and practices should not be defined by them”, the company said.

US Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell said earlier Tuesday that new sanctions against Nord Stream 2 could be passed quickly by the US Congress, despite the election campaign.

On 20 May, the German Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur) made the Nord Stream gas pipeline exempt from the EU gas directive in Germany for 20 years.

The Nord Stream 2 is a joint venture of Russia’s Gazprom and five European companies. The pipeline will carry up to 1.942 trillion cubic feet of gas per year from Russia to Germany through the territorial waters or exclusive economic zones of Denmark, Finland, Germany, Russia, and Sweden.

A number of Western states, including the United States have long been opposing the project while Washington is trying to promote its liquefied natural gas to the European market. In December 2019, the US included sanctions against companies, involved in the project, in the 2020 defence budget. Russia has vowed to complete the pipeline, albeit with a delay.

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Gas Wars and Whores
Gas Wars and Whores
May 27, 2020

The text is confusing. Nord Stream was given a 20 year exemption. Nord Stream 2 was not.

Why NS was given a 20 year exemption and not perpetual is unclear though, since it was completed years before anyone even contemplated the gas directive. What have the two to do with each other?

It’s clear this is just another weaponized political tool at play.

voza0db
voza0db
May 27, 2020

Only a fool would think that after all that investment they were going to leave that pipeline in that state!

Smoking Eagle
Smoking Eagle
Reply to  voza0db
May 28, 2020

A fool apparently did think that!

Help!
Help!
Reply to  Smoking Eagle
May 28, 2020

Fools galore at America’s core and nowhere to take refuge.

Dave
Dave
May 27, 2020

Keep your dirty, blood soaked fingers off Nord Stream, America

Smoking Eagle
Smoking Eagle
Reply to  Dave
May 28, 2020

I wish it would keep its dirty, blood-soaked fingers off the whole of Europe and get its vile, murderous self back to its own side of the Atlantic. Seeing the back of the US would be a good sight to behold.

Diplomacy for Dipshits
Diplomacy for Dipshits
May 28, 2020

Grenell will huff and he’ll puff and he’ll blow himself down.

Smoking Eagle
Smoking Eagle
Reply to  Diplomacy for Dipshits
May 29, 2020

“US Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell said earlier Tuesday that new sanctions against Nord Stream 2 could be passed quickly by the US Congress, despite the election campaign.”

So what does sanctions against Nord Stream 2 mean? Sanctioning Russia because it is completing the pipeline? I hardly think that Russia would care because the sanctions so far have resulted in strengthening Russia’s economy and self-sufficiency, and have also greatly increased its agricultural production and exports. Sanctioning Germany for legally supporting the completion? Now that’s going to work, isn’t it?

Glaucio Sombra
Glaucio Sombra
May 28, 2020

De-globalization is great for Russia.

Smoking Eagle
Smoking Eagle
Reply to  Glaucio Sombra
May 29, 2020

It’s great for everyone but the globalist kleptocrats.

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