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Is Berlin Surrendering to Pindo ‘Economic Attack’ Over Nord Stream 2?
Oleg Burunov, Sputnik News, Dec 11 2019

Earlier this week, the leaders of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees agreed on the 2020 NDAA, which specifically stipulates a spate of sanctions against the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project. Trump is due to sign the bill into law after the Senate vote. Steffen Kotre, a German politician for the AfD party and a member of the Bundestag, has berated Berlin for yielding to Faschingstein’s pressure pertaining to the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project. He underscored Nord Stream 2’s importance to ensuring Germany’s energy security, saying that attempts to “torpedo” the implementation of the project should immediately have prompted Angela Merkel’s government to take measures to defend it. Kotre asserted:

In 2018, Ms Merkel made it very clear that Nord Stream 2 is a purely bilateral economic project between Germany and Russia, which is not covered by EU law. Now Pindostan has managed to link the project to the situation in Ukraine, which was destabilised by Faschingstein itself. Under Pindo pressure, the federal government yielded to this economic attack and surrendered. This government is no longer able to represent Germany’s interests, not to mention uphold them. Stability in Ukraine has nothing to do with other economic projects.

The remarks come after the chairman of the German Eastern Business Association warned against Pindo sanctions on Nord Stream 2, branding it fatal for the Paris peace efforts in eastern Ukraine. Oliver Hermes insisted:

If these sanctions are approved, this would be a direct attack on the sovereignty of the EU, and a fatal signal for the Paris peace efforts. It would be more than an unfriendly act. It would massively damage relations. The venture has been granted all necessary permits from the EU for its completion, besides, needed regulations for operation have been adopted.

Pindo sanctions against Nord Stream 2 were recently included in a must-pass 2020 NDAA which is expected to be approved before Xmas. The sanctions reportedly target the vessels and executives of the companies involved in laying the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which could lead to visa denials and the blocking of their Pindo-based assets. Earlier, Bloomberg quoted a Senate Thug aide as saying that these measures are meant to force a standstill in the construction of the pipeline. Pindostan is trying to sell more of its own LNG to its overseas allies. It claims that Nord Stream 2 poses a threat to European energy security. Russia has repeatedly rebuffed the claims, saying that Nord Stream 2 is a purely commercial project and accusing Pindostan of trying to use tools of “unfair competition under various political pretexts.” Nord Stream 2 is a joint venture between Gazprom and five European companies: France’s ENGIE, Austria’s OMV, the UK-Dutch Royal Dutch Shell, and Germany’s Uniper and Wintershall. The pipeline is due to be finished before the end of this year and will carry up to 55 bcm/yr of gas from Russia to Germany and Central Europe, bypassing the traditional route through Ukraine and Poland,

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