EU nations back rules that may stall Russia's Nord Stream 2 pipeline

EU nations back rules that may stall Russia's Nord Stream 2 pipeline

EU nations back rules that may stall Russia's Nord Stream 2 pipeline

France and Germany have buried their differences on new European rules that could complicate plans for a gas pipeline from Russian Federation to Germany. You actually wanted to prevent, that the Directive is widely revised-reaching, had to engage, but after a political change of course in France on negotiations.

New European Union rules to regulate Russia's Nord Stream 2 pipeline won the backing of the bloc's capitals on Friday, a move that will likely complicate but not rule out its construction.

"The Americans don't want Nord Stream 2 to happen", an adviser to French President Emmanuel Macron said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to be publicly identified, stressing that it was not American pressure that shaped the French position.

According to SZ, Germany, which is against the new regulation, has resisted attempts to change the EU rules to let the European Commission gain leverage over Nord Stream 2.

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The move led to a backlash from pro-EU Labour MPs, but Starmer defended the approach and warned against a split in the party.

She spoke ahead of a vote in the EU Council on the Nord Stream 2 bill on Friday.

Critics were also alarmed by the fact that the pipeline from Russian Federation to Germany would entirely bypass Ukraine, leaving it without gas transit fees.

"This global project is necessary for Russian Federation and the European Union, but it is constantly attacked by third countries, more specifically by the United States", Peskov said.

However, an attempt to implement new regulations mid-way through the Nord Stream 2 project are nearly certain to run into legal challenges from Russian Federation, said Katja Yafimava, a senior research fellow at Britain's Oxford Institute for Energy Studies. The pipeline project has been welcomed by some countries in Europe, including Austria, but opposed by others.

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"I would find it irritating if [French] president [Emmanuel] Macron made common cause with Polish nationalists a few days after the friendship meeting in Aachen", Markus Pieper, a German MEP in chancellor Angela Merkel's CDU party, said after the French announcement. This could have consequences for Nord Stream 2.

The Nord Stream 2 pipeline has been highly controversial since its announcement in 2015 and the U.S. has spent years attempting to derail the pipeline into Europe.

It will go through the exclusive economic zones and territorial waters of five countries - Russia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, and Germany, thus bypassing transit countries of Ukraine, Belarus, Poland and other Eastern European and Baltic states.

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France's European Affairs Ministry has not commented on the issue.

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Although Reinhard Bütikofer was critical of Richard Grenell's DW column, the chairman of the European Green party said, "it is extremely embarrassing for German politics that our government insists upon being the very last to acknowledge that Nord Stream 2 runs counter to European and German interests".

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