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Savon Sanomat - Finland | Wednesday, January 20, 2016

EU stabs Kiev in the back with Nord Stream 2

A row has broken out over the plans for the Baltic Sea pipeline Nord Stream 2, which is to run from Russia to Germany and supply the same amount of gas again as Nord Stream 1. Polish President Andrzej Duda had recently criticised the pipeline, calling it a political project. The liberal daily Savon Sanomat agrees: "Looking back, both Nord Stream 1 and the planned Nord Stream 2 pipelines have become huge political projects. With the addition of two new pipelines stretching across 1,200 kilometres their transport capacity will increase to such an extent that Russia will be able to stop transporting gas via Ukraine. The EU countries can justly be accused of not taking their support for Ukraine and for the economic sanctions against Russia seriously. The EU can't prevent a private project, it argues. But should it be able to? Perhaps yes."

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