Given any Russian pipeline this or that or of the future or LNG just as same US will always try to prevent cooperation of Russia with EU. Always, and can do that with only what it has.
Of course America will keep doing this because there is no penalty for them... they were never able to get transit fees, but there is a chance to delay or complicate an economic opponent which is exactly what they are doing.
What I am saying however is that to now put the pipeline through Danish waters so they get a financial benefit from gas being pumped to europe is to reward them for their cooperation... but they didn't cooperate.
I would appreciate your suggestion if there was no alternative, so they get a reward for finally caving, but there is an alternative and it wont delay the programme much more than it already has and wont cost that much more for an initial outlay... money that will be saved every year for the working life of the project because transit fees wont need to be paid.
You could argue that the pipeline was routed through Danish waters on purpose so they could earn transit fees as a reward for their cooperation... but they did not cooperate. They stalled. And you could argue that the US made them using unfair tactics, well bypassing danish waters means they can pretend they were anti pipeline and pro US all the time... that might earn them something from the US... but I doubt it will be anything like the money they would be getting in transit fees in the first year of operation let alone the operational lifetime of the pipeline.
Therefore I think crushing opposing states will to endure opposing Russian pipeline and even with the whole US weight behind them will send major massage to any other state left out in the open. It will state "I can not be stopped".
Putting it through danish waters and paying them transit fees is saying you can try to screw us over and we will forgive you and be your best buddy anyway...
They made an agreement and then they chose not to follow through with that agreement by stalling, but when it was clear the pipeline would go ahead anyway they are now trying to get them to change back and give them money for nothing... which is what this is... Denmark wont be responsible for maintaining the pipes.... they didn't pay to have them layed... they are just getting money because they happen to be on the sea floor near their territory.
A bit like Ukraine demanding best friends rates for gas while maintaining their aggressive anti Russian stance in everything... sorry mate, the real world doesn't work that way buddy.
By the way EU can close Opal pipeline and can just as same opt to open it later on. South Stream i.e. Turkish Stream can be build to deliver gas right on the opposing side of the Opal pipeline and Germany/Russia gas cooperation can opt to build another "Opal" just as same as their cooperation has already proven unshakable by any outside pressure throughout time and so any present situation put forward by globalist i.e. Opal restrictions will not stop but will be crushed.
The EU can block all gas pipes it likes, but Russia is not going to keep building new ones... at some stage they will say if you don't want cheap gas then buy expensive gas in liquid form for all we care.
Europe paying more for energy will slow down a few economies... and for what?
You can lead a horse to water...
Of even greater importance is completions of such great project because as will state to Baltic nations "you are unimportant" so all your blabbing and "influence" has led to nothing and instead you have lost your transport ports and many other so while as we start a new great project are you willing to start blabbing again?
Not listening to the dogs barking... and not really caring either...
It will put Poland into new perspective just as has throwing huge amounts on money on Patriot systems instead on its own economy or MIC for the sake of security and preservation of superiority feeling over Russia once crumbled with the destruction of Saudy Amraco meaning "you can not hide in front of destruction".
Their order for 32 F-35s is more amusing... they will bust their budget just keeping them operational... and when they think they can fly out on to the Black Sea undetected and they keep getting intercepted in international airspace by groups of Russian aircraft they might start to realise it was not money well spent.
That is why Denmark fees dont matter as eventually good cooperation with Russia can lead to further cooperation in economy once they see (as thinking is obviously absent) that it can be mutually beneficial even with US called boogeyman.
I agree in principle... the Turks actively went out of their way to shoot down a Russian plane in Syria, but I think cooperation is more useful than confrontation... shooting down a Turkish aircraft would not have solved anything and likely would have resulted in Turkey not buying S-400 systems...
Denmark, however is of no enormous value to Russia, and if they do put the pipe where they were going to and give them the transit fees exactly what lesson will they learn?
Do as the US demands because the Russians will understand and not punish us for bad behaviour?
Try and screw Russia first because they will still be more than reasonable later when you make better choices...
From day one Russia had options and opt to take what would latter be seen as a problem still for to ourselves unknown reason decided to take exactly this one and dismissed all other option.
Russia chose the most direct pipeline route and all the countries involved did not raise any concerns at the time of planning.
Plenty of countries not involved like the US and Ukraine and other countries afraid the new pipelines are to replace theirs had a lot to say, but they can be ignored by Russia.
If they get their way then Russia can still sell liquified gas at a cheaper price than the US can ship it for and still make money... it will just mean that europe will get the same energy for a higher price and will have to wait for the ship to deliver it and pump it into their system before they can use it.
With pipes they just flip a switch...
You talk only about fees still pipeline operator (managed by Russia and EU nations as well) will together bear the little burden and most likely charge it to a shippers which will in turn based on it also forms a price thus in a sense pinching the ball back to the final customer or at least nice chunk of it also as fees in relative order depend on the volume of pipeline used it is much profitable to have full volumes than worry about the little fees thus like a monument that shines and demoralizes above ones opponents heads stands the statement "I cannot be stopped" and tells a story how when dealing with Russia you can profit from cooperation and lose everything in confrontation.
The extra pipe will cost more to lay because it is longer, but once in place the transit fees will just add slightly to the costs to the customer and will be paid for by the customer... like a danish tax on energy for everyone in europe that gets their gas through that pipe.
Not paying those fees to Denmark saves european consumers money, and makes the product cheaper and more appealing to the customer and the seller... because the seller can keep the money as extra profit, or sell more gas.
Trying to be buddy buddy friendly with the EU is a total waste of time... they don't like Russia and just want leverage to annoy and spoil.
Russia should pump gas to Germany and Turkey and wash their hands of anything else. Russia can sell to Germany and Turkey and the EU can buy from them and negotiate their own terms and conditions.
If that does not suit then pay more for LNG.