Nord Stream 2

    • Merkel in Poland: Ukraine to remain a transit country for Russian gas

      Merkel in Poland: Ukraine to remain a transit country for Russian gas

      German Chancellor Angela Merkel tried to soothe fears over the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline on Saturday, on a farewell visit to Poland during which she also struck a conciliatory tone on Warsaw's conflict with the European Union over judicial reforms, news wires reported. "I have made clear that it is our concern that Ukraine remains a transit country for Russian gas," Merkel told reporters at a news conference with Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki in Warsaw.

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    • 'Ms Nord Stream 2?': Merkel makes difficult last visit to Poland

      'Ms Nord Stream 2?': Merkel makes difficult last visit to Poland

      German Chancellor Angela Merkel's visit to Poland on Saturday, part of a goodbye tour of Europe for the continent's longest serving leader, risks being overshadowed by tensions over a gas pipeline and questions over her legacy in central Europe, Reuters reported. Having grown up in East Germany near the Polish border, Merkel, 67, was seen by some observers as a chancellor who could relate to the post-communist states of central Europe. However, on her farewell visit to the capital of emerging Europe's largest economy, her determination to complete the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to Russia has soured relations.

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    • Russia says Nord Stream 2 is fully completed

      Russia says Nord Stream 2 is fully completed

      The Russian energy giant Gazprom announced that it had fully completed the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline which connects undersea Russia and Germany. The project is expected to boost natural gas exports and bypass the territory of Ukraine, Reuters reported. The controversial pipeline will double Russia's gas exporting capacity to Europe via the Baltic Sea and will allow Moscow to circumvent its political foe Ukraine as a major route for its lucrative gas exports to Europe.

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    • Biden pledges 60m dollars in new military aid for Ukraine

      Biden pledges 60m dollars in new military aid for Ukraine

      President Joe Biden told Ukrainian President Volodmyr Zelensky on Wednesday the United States was "firmly committed" to Ukraine's territorial integrity and offered Kiev $60 million in new security aid as it grapples with aggression from Moscow, Reuters reported. "The United States remains firmly committed to Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of Russian aggression," Biden said at the beginning of a meeting with his Ukrainian counterpart in the Oval Office.

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    • German court rules Nord Stream 2 to obey EU laws

      German court rules Nord Stream 2 to obey EU laws

      The Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline must obey the EU regulations with no exemptions, a German court ruled. The specific EU regulations require that the owners and operators of the pipeline must offer a certain part of total volume to parties different from the suppliers of the gas that flows in them to ensure fair competition. The ruling emphasizes that there should be no exempt from EU, Reuters elaborated.

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    • US imposes new Nord Stream 2 sanctions, Russia pledges retaliation

      US imposes new Nord Stream 2 sanctions, Russia pledges retaliation

      The US administration announced new sanctions on a Russian ship and two companies involved in the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, news wires reported. But opponents of the nearly completed $11 billion project said the measures would not stop it. "These sanctions do nothing to halt Nord Stream 2," Daniel Vajdich, president of Yorktown Solutions, which advises the Ukrainian energy industry on the matter, said cited by Reuters.

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    • Nord Stream 2 could soon be outdated, German environment agency’s chief says

      Nord Stream 2 could soon be outdated, German environment agency’s chief says

      The controversial Nord Stream 2 undersea gas pipeline could soon be outdated, a top German environmental official warned, dpa reported. "Nord Stream 2 could quickly become something of a dinosaur among energy projects, because we want to get by with zero emissions by 2045," the president of the German Environment Agency (UBA), Dirk Messner, told media group RND in remarks published on Monday.

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    • US-Germany deal on Nord Streem 2 is good for Ukraine, Merkel says

      US-Germany deal on Nord Streem 2 is good for Ukraine, Merkel says

      German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday that a compromise deal that will allow the completion of a Russian gas pipeline to Europe without the imposition of further US sanctions is “good for Ukraine”, AP reported. The United States and Germany announced the deal on Wednesday. The two countries committed to countering any Russian attempt to use the Nord Stream 2 pipeline as a political weapon.

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    • US, Germany reach a deal to allow the completion of Nord Stream 2

      US, Germany reach a deal to allow the completion of Nord Stream 2

      The United States and Germany on Wednesday announced a deal to allow the completion of a controversial Russian gas pipeline to Europe without the imposition of further US sanctions, news wires reported. Under the terms of the deal, the US and Germany committed to countering any Russian attempt to use the Nord Stream 2 pipeline as a political weapon. And, they agreed to support Ukraine and Poland, both of which are bypassed by the project and fear Russia's intentions, by funding alternative energy and development projects.

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