Russian official comments on expected schedule of Nord Stream 2 launch

The deputy prime minister stopped short of specifying an exact month. The Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline bypassing Ukraine will start operating in mid-2020, said Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak. “In the middle of next year,” Kozak said, answering the question on when the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline would start operating, European Pravda […]

Three months left to kill Nord Stream 2

Protecting Europe’s Energy Security Act has received overwhelming bipartisan support and proposes targeted sanctions to halt completion of Nord Stream 2, Russia President Vladimir Putin’s natural gas pipeline designed to control Europe. But there has been a procedural delay and time is running out. The act targets sanctions against one company, Allseas, which is providing […]

Gazprom seeks full monopoly in Europe through pushing out U.S. LNG supplies and eliminating the Ukrainian transit route

Russia is trying to exert pressure on the EU to make the Ukraine government sign a short-term gas transit deal and abandon financial claims to Gazprom, the company which could face bankruptcy if all debt payments are enforced under various arbitrations.  Gazprom has found itself in an obviously losing position, which pushes its leadership to […]

Kremlin information war as a run-up to the gas war

Almost immediately after Bundestag this Wednesday approved the Third EU Energy Package, Russians realized that the document doesn’t really meet their interests. Against this background, the initial euphoria over Denmark’s permit for building the Nord Stream 2 gas pipe section on its continental shelf evaporated, so the Kremlin decided to approach the key issue of […]

High Probability of Arab Spring-2 in MENA Region to Strengthen Russia’s Hand

The political crisis in some Arab world countries is highly probable to escalate into a new round of the Arab Spring today. Thus, destabilization of the MENA region will lead to global economic, migration and geopolitical consequences. Europe will be among the most affected regions, Russia being the main geopolitical beneficiary. Protests in Lebanon, Algeria, […]

Russia’s Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline receives final permit despite Trump efforts to torpedo it

BRUSSELS — Danish authorities Wednesday removed the final barrier to a natural gas pipeline between Russia and Germany that has drawn fire from President Trump, issuing a construction permit that could lead to the project’s completion within months. The decision by the Danish Energy Agency to allow the Nord Stream 2 pipeline to be laid […]

“SAFE” ROUTE OF NORD STREAM 2

Denmark’s Energy Agency has granted Nord Stream 2 AG permission to lay part of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline on the country’s continental shelf, south-east of Bornholm in the Baltic Sea. According to the agency’s estimates, this route is the safest and most environment-friendly. As I have repeatedly emphasized, falling under the rule of […]