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Fri Apr 12, 2019, 09:33 PM

Nord Stream 2 Pipeline Hits 1,000km Marker As US Fails To Talk Europe Out Of Russian Gas Supplies

Published time: 12 Apr, 2019 08:15

The operator of the Nord Stream 2 project has announced that 1,000km of the gas pipeline now stretches across the Baltic seafloor through Finnish, Swedish and German waters.

The new milestone was reached as some 20 vessels are currently engaged in the project, with nearly 1,300 people working on board the pipelay, pipe supply and survey vessels, Nord Stream 2 said on Thursday. The gas pipeline is now being installed in the Swedish Exclusive Economic Zone by two Allseas pipelay vessels, ‘Solitaire,’ and the world’s largest construction vessel, ‘Pioneering Spirit.’


The news about progress with Nord Stream 2 almost coincided with a statement by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in which he admitted that Washington’s efforts to turn the EU against building the pipeline have been fruitless so far.

“The Germans appear intent on continuing to build that pipeline… We had done just about all we can to discourage the Europeans, primarily Germans, from building Nord Stream 2 and we’ve done that without success today,” Pompeo said at Wednesday’s Senate Committee on Foreign Relations hearing.

He was responding to a question from Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), who echoed Donald Trump’s previous rhetoric against the project, calling it “Putin’s pipeline” and a “trap” for Germans.

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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Fri Apr 12, 2019, 11:26 PM

1. Of course it's a trap...but the German government is looking for the easiest way to get energy.

Don't forget that Angela Merkel was raised under the GDR communist East German system.

She probably sees the situation as benign.

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Response to Grumpy Pickle (Reply #1)

Fri Apr 12, 2019, 11:31 PM

2. How is it a "trap" as you claim? eom

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Response to RCW2014 (Reply #2)

Fri Apr 12, 2019, 11:49 PM

3. Russia can blackmail Germany with this.

They can threaten to turn off the gas in the middle of winter.

Hell of a bargaining chip.

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Response to Grumpy Pickle (Reply #3)

Sat Apr 13, 2019, 12:02 AM

4. Lol! Like the US running about the globe slapping on sanctions to everyone that doesn't

kiss the "judeo-Christian" ring.

Yes, it is the "judeo-Christian" that screw the US credibility pooch, indeed.

On the other hand, it is doing the rest of the world a big favor by forcing them to cut the ole USA's apron strings and become sanctions proof.

Slow process but it is in progress just as we are witnessing with the Nord II.

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Response to RCW2014 (Reply #4)

Sat Apr 13, 2019, 12:26 AM

5. There is always a tug of war going on in the world for alliances.

If Germany decides to align with Russia on Energy policy while still belonging to NATO, that presents a problem.

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Response to Grumpy Pickle (Reply #5)

Sat Apr 13, 2019, 12:36 AM

6. What it presents are countries looking out for their own self-interests vs. those of the

US MIC and NYC moneychangers.

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Response to RCW2014 (Reply #6)

Sat Apr 13, 2019, 01:23 AM

7. Germany had the choice of going with US liquid natural gas imports or hooking up with the much

more convenient Russian pipeline.

I would have expected Germany to go with their NATO ally ....but it didn't happen that way.

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Response to Grumpy Pickle (Reply #7)

Sat Apr 13, 2019, 01:33 AM

8. Not just more conv but much more economical. Fancy that, a government that cared about

the financial well-being, concerning such a most precious commodity as gas, over the whims of some NYC moneychangers.

"The Lobby" thought they hit the jackpot when they greased the Congressional skids to pass the law allowing export of LNG. Fools, they.

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Response to RCW2014 (Reply #8)

Sat Apr 13, 2019, 02:16 AM

9. Ok....I agree with you on the moneychanger angle.

If Germany can get natural gas more conveniently and at a lower price from what the US was offering. it would be logical to take that deal.

It might , however , have a NATO consequence.

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