Nord Stream 2: Ukraine and Poland slam deal to complete controversial gas pipeline

Thursday - 22/07/2021 08:24
The Russian Nord Stream 2 pipe-laying ship ‘Akademik Tscherski’ moored at the port of Mukran on the island of Ruegen, Germany   -   Copyright  Jens Buettner/AP
The Russian Nord Stream 2 pipe-laying ship ‘Akademik Tscherski’ moored at the port of Mukran on the island of Ruegen, Germany - Copyright Jens Buettner/AP
But the pipeline is almost completed and has had the staunch support of German Chancellor Angela Merkel throughout the process.

Germany and the United States have announced a deal to allow the completion of a controversial Russian gas pipeline to Europe without the imposition of further US sanctions.

The agreement on Nord Stream 2, announced on Wednesday, says Germany and the US commit to countering any future Russian attempt to use the pipeline as a political tool.

The two states also agreed to support Ukraine and Poland, which construe the project as a security threat, by funding alternative energy and development projects.

In a joint statement, the two governments said they were "united in their determination to hold Russia to account for aggression and malign activities by imposing costs via sanctions and other tools" - referring largely to Russian support for separatists in Ukraine.

There are long-held concerns that Nord Stream 2 could give Russia too much power over European gas supplies, or allow gas to be shut off to Russia's adversaries.

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