This whole Danish theater of the absurd raises a serious question. They expect to collect a transit fee for a pipeline going over
their EEZ and not their territorial waters. This is a de facto upgrade of the EEZ to territory. I seriously doubt the logic
and actual right for such treatment. It allows for collecting fees from vessels transiting EEZ waters. No such piracy is envisioned
in the Law of the Sea.
No, there is a small island off the coast of Germany owned by Denmark and the original pipeline path as agreed upon passes within the territorial waters of that island, so it is not in EEZ waters but inside the actual territorial waters of the island, so with the original path it goes through Danish territory.
After their delays the pipeline alternative goes around the territorial waters of the island through its EEZ zone, so they wouldn't get any fees, so now they are approving the original pipe path in the hopes to get fees after delaying the pipeline and increasing its cost.
I appreciate what you are saying, but I think there is something rotten in the state of denmark... hehehe... it is clear that the leadership in Denmark are anti Russian or can be swayed by the US pressure... Russia can forgive and forget and be the bigger guy here and allow Denmark to earn money on a project they tried to sabotage in the hopes that the Danish might realise they are not the bad guys no matter how their media and politicians are going to paint them... remember western media never make mistakes so the problem will either be Russia or the US, or if they get the money anyway it could be neither and lets just move on.
The justification for delays and problems was that Russia is bad for europe so unless everyone in denmark point to US pressure that almost cost them the transit fees, I would say they not only learned nothing, but they also got caught rodgering the golden goose.
An open letter apology signed by all the politicians and media who obstructed the programme and wrote or said nasty things about Russia, and Russia could consider going back to the original pipeline path, but to be honest... even then I wouldn't bother.
Russia doesn't have to be best friends with Denmark... there are lots of countries that show hostility to Russia that they shouldn't go out of their way to reward.
Reward bad behaviour and they get confused if they do something that pisses you off and you respond in kind.
Russia shouldn't use its weight to punish or reward, but Denmark was part of a group of countries that were going to cooperate to build a pipeline to Germany to supply Russia gas reliably because the current route through the Ukraine is old and worn out and unreliable because the owners often steal gas... it is not Russian gas they are stealing, it is gas on its way to europe, but the european customers choose to blame Russia for this theft.
Russias solution is to remove the problem, which some countries are not happy with either.
If Russia was delivering liquified gas it would not surprise me if the US demanded that NATO mine the Baltic Sea...
Denmark has not done some wonderful loyal thing, they have realised their delay tactic wont actually make any real difference except to cut them out of some easy money they were going to get for doing nothing at all, so they are back-pedalling as fast as they can so they can still get some cash out of this because with the new route they get nothing.
I think they deserve nothing.
There are other partners in this that have resisted US pressure and sanctions... what sort of message would it give them?
Perhaps they should have objected and delayed the process to see what sort of extra deal they could get... perhaps a better pay rate...
No. Screw Denmark.
Foreign direct investment in Russian companies up fivefold in 9 months 2019
It reached $21.8 bln against $4.4 bln in the like period of 2018
Of course it is up.... they have a growing economy that is growing despite the best efforts of the US in particular and the west in general... when most of the west is flat or negative (if you don't include organised crime in the numbers) then there is obviously money to be made in Russia... legal money in legitimate business.
Investment isn't charity... they expect to make money out of this and they probably will make more money than out of investments in the US or Europe.