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      07-02-2018, 12:59 PM   #30
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Originally Posted by Ivan Ivanov View Post
As you know, Russia, together with Europe, is starting the construction of an offshore natural gas pipeline from Russian Federation to Germany - Nord Stream 2.
This is the second phase of gas pipeline, project which would include two additional lines to increase the overall annual capacity up to 110 billion cubic metres.

The US wants to block this construction and say they will impose sanctions on companies participating in the project, but German side says this will not affect the building of a gas pipeline.
It would seem - where is Europe and where is the US and what does the US have to the gas pipeline to Europe?
Do you think the United States has a grateful goal? They want to explain to stupid Europe that she does not need this gas pipeline, or they have some other purpose?

Fair question. Lets look at a few facts:

Fact 1: Russian energy minister Novak has said that politics should not enter into these discussions about planned Russian infrastructure expansion.

Fact 2: Russia plans to double their annual natural gas output to over 100 billion cubic meters per year potentially flooding the EU market and making it difficult for domestic EU competition.

Fact 3: Russia has routinely frozen natural gas deliveries to parts of Europe.

Fact 4: Russia has a history of punishing their own territories and states with excessive rates, and, not to mention, deadly military action.

Fact 5: With numerous violations of international law, Russia annexed Crimea from the Ukraine and restricted flow of NG to the region, murdered innocent civilians with their military interference in the Crimea, and, among other things, meddled in the US elections of 2016 — (all of which Russia has denied).

Opinion: Facts 1: typical Russian deflection statement, naive too;

Opinion: Facts 2 through 5: Russian political interference, divisiveness , oppression and coercion on sovereign nations, particularly those in the eastern sector.

Is it surprising the west is imposing economic sanctions by invoking provisions of CAATSA?

Is it any wonder why countries don’t view Russia as a reliable nation to deal with?

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