The Turkish and Russian presidents formally launched TurkStream gas pipeline which will carry Russian natural gas to southern Europe through Turkey. The project is part of Moscow's efforts to reduce shipments via Ukraine.
The TurkStream natural gas pipeline will carry 15.75 billion cubic meters of Russian gas to Turkish consumers.
Moscow, Berlin, and EU hit out at US decision to impose sanctions on companies working on Nord Stream 2 pipeline that will transport Russian natural gas to Europe.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping virtually inaugurated the "Power of Siberia" pipeline via a video link-up. Russia also plans to launch two more gas pipelines that will ramp up supplies to Europe.
Donald Trump openly chastised America's closest allies in the 2017 NATO summit, asking them to "contribute their fair share" and his pointman in Berlin has reinforced the divisive narrative and now there are calls for him to be sent back home.
Ambassadors of EU countries meeting in Brussels gave the go-ahead to a tweaked proposal that sets the scene for negotiations on extending the bloc's rules regulating gas deliveries to incoming pipelines, like Nord Stream 2.
US Ambassador Richard Grenell openly threatened German companies with penalties for building gas pipeline Nord Stream II and wants Qatar to challenge Russian dominance in gas exports to Europe.
Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Germany on Saturday evening after a stop at an Austrian vineyard to attend Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl’s wedding to entrepreneur Wolfgang Meilinger.
After talks in Berlin with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that "a Nord Stream 2 project without clarity about the Ukrainian transit role is not possible."
The Nord Stream 2 project, which will pump gas directly from the Narva Bay on Russia's border with Estonia to Lubmin in northeastern Germany, remains controversial as EU members fear it could be used to boost Russian influence over the bloc.
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