Sunday, 22 July, 2018

Environmental lawyers in push to stop gas pipeline in Finland

Media: trump urged Merkel to abandon the “Nord stream-2” Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline raises intelligence concerns say US
Ellis Copeland | 18 May, 2018, 15:52

According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, the USA president threatened Angela Merkel a month ago with the possibility of starting a new trade war in the event that Berlin would not consider abandoning the project.

Trump told Chancellor Angela Merkel last month that Berlin should drop support for the pipeline linking Russian Federation and Germany if it wants to avoid a trans-Atlantic trade war, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal, which cited U.S., German and European officials.

The Nord Stream 2 project is also raising security concerns and could lead to US sanctions, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Energy Diplomacy Sandra Oudkirk said Thursday in Berlin.

"Any pipeline project-and there are many multiple pipeline projects in the world that are potentially covered by this sanctions authority-is in an elevated position of sanctions risk", she said.

"After our exit from the European Union, will this be a sensible extra measure that we might take that might assist with our diplomatic efforts?"

Poland, Denmark and Ukraine also oppose the project, arguing that it will increase the EU's dependency on Russian gas and Europe should instead focus on diversifying its energy resources.

Yanny or Laurel? President Trump hears 'Covfefe'
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Lionel Messi tells Barcelona chiefs to sell Andre Gomes this summer
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A consortium of western companies and Russia's Gazprom that is due to build the controversial subsea Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to Germany said on Tuesday it was starting preparatory work in the Greifswald bay off Germany's Baltic coast.

German officials have acknowledged a need to consider the interests of Ukraine.

Note that the U.S. and the countries of Eastern Europe are opposed to the construction of the Nord stream - 2, and believe that its implementation will lead to an actual degradation of the Ukrainian gas transportation system and the strengthening of the Russian Federation in the gas market of the EU.

The US believes that Moscow will be able to exert greater influence over Berlin as well as cut about $1 billion a year in transit fees paid to Ukraine for piping natural gas to Europe, and that dependence on the pipeline will weaken the impact of western sanctions on Moscow.

Mr Whittingdale said: "Does he share the widespread concern about the proposed Russian gas pipe line Nord Stream 2".

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