European diplomatic ‘war’ over the Nord Stream pipeline

The underlying conflicts and conflicting interests in Europe on the occasion of the operation of the second part of the Nord Stream gas pipeline appear to have come to the surface.

All this, in the wake of the Russian president Vladimir Putin’s speech, and Europe’s growing dependence on Gazprom.

The Nord Stream pipeline (I and II) transports Russian gas to Germany.

The first section is already in operation and the second is due to be launched in the end of 2019.

One reason why Germany has recently discovered problems with the implementation of the South Stream pipeline, which, according to the plan, would transport Russian gas to the heart of Europe and Austria via the Balkans and bypassing Ukraine, was because it would lose the “privileges” offered by hosting the (unique) Nord Stream pipeline.

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(Photo: Pjotr Mahhonin)