Thursday, 14 December, 2017

Moscow : EU extends Russian Federation economic sanctions

Frank Williams | 28 June, 2017, 18:28

"Many member states have repeatedly brought to the European Commission's attention the contradictory nature of Nord Stream 2 and asked for the Commission's opinion on the compliance of the Nord Stream 2 project with the gas market regulation of the European Third Energy Package", Paet wrote.

"We had 13 delegations intervening, with all of them being supportive of the Commission's approach", Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic told Reuters by phone.

More and more EU countries in talks on a mandate for European Commission negotiations with Russian Federation on construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline are adhering to a tough position and maintaining tough demands, Lithuanian Energy Minister Zygimantas Vaichiunas told BNS.

Chancellor Angela Merkel said last week that she does not see the Commission having any role in the matter. The current deal expires in 2019.

From 2020, Nord Stream 2 is to concentrate Russian gas supplies in one route to Germany under the Baltic Sea.

Germany, France, and Austria, whose companies are Gazprom partners on this project, did not want to stand up for the booth today. "We believe it's a political project and runs contrary to the security interest of the region", Latvian foreign minister Edgars Rinkevics said. This paved the way for the renewal of sanctions for a further six months.

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The project is created to double the amount of gas Russian Federation pumps to Germany via the Baltic Sea.

In his letter, Paet said that the main aims of the EU Energy Union have been to diversify energy sources and supplies and to increase connections between EU member states.

The minister, speaking after talks between Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, said the European Union needed more assurances from Moscow.

Neither the German or the Austrian minister took the floor on Monday, EU sources told Reuters, but Berlin and Vienna recently attacked the U.S. over its threat to impose sanctions on Nord Stream 2 investors.

"How can you trust Russian Federation in setting up a unique source of gas supply?", he added, referring to broader European Union and U.S. concerns over Russia's aggressive behaviour in neighbouring states.

"We made the point that the project has no economic viability", the Ukrainian minister said.

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