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Novi list - Croatia | Friday, December 5, 2014

South Stream shows EU's double standards

The South Stream project, whose cancellation Russian President Vladimir Putin announced on Monday in Turkey, threatens to cause huge financial losses for the countries involved. The left-liberal daily Novi List accuses the EU of focusing on its own interests and using double standards with the gas pipeline project: "The European Commission stopped the construction of the pipeline on its territory and pointed out to countries that had signed the corresponding contracts with Moscow that the project contravened EU law. According to this law the same company - in this case Russian energy giant Gazprom - cannot be gas supplier and operate the pipeline at the same time. ... However we should bear in mind that the Nord Stream pipeline continues to supply Russian gas to Germany and other European states unhindered even though in this case too, Gazprom is gas producer, distributor and pipeline operator at the same time."

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