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    Post  JohninMK on Fri May 29, 2020 5:29 pm

    She has now moved back to a different spot in the dock.

    This is a very good write up on the current situation.

    It is clear that Europe and the US are heading towards a potential alliance splitting situation if the US does what it has threatened, sanction Gazprom. Even probably only ten, maybe five, years ago the dominant position of the US would not have been questioned, but now we have the US reduced to playing chicken with its role in the World.

    https://www.anti-empire.com/gazprom-calls-washingtons-bluff-on-nord-stream-2-sanctions/?utm_campaign=shareaholic&utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=socialnetwork
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    Post  AlfaT8 on Fri May 29, 2020 11:05 pm

    You know, it's honestly hilarious when i look at the situation.
    Russia is in effect being placed in a position where it has to do little to nothing for the West to tear itself apart.

    In the case of Europe, all Russia has to do is wait for German and French Imperial ambitions to collide, along with Britain's interference, and any pseudo alliance within Europe to fall.

    In America's case, immigration has pretty much doomed the 2-party system that has been in place for so long, and will finally turn the U.S into a true 1-party state.
    Democracy is the illusion of the peoples power, eventually the majority will rule over the minority, and with a 1-party rule, authoritarianism and civil conflict becomes inevitable.
    This is why the Fore-Fathers restricted the "Privilege" to vote, it's was not just the 3-branches of government that needed to be kept in check, but the people themselves needed to also be kept in check.
    But, Women, that didn't want to serve wanted to vote, so now everything has to burn.
    The Electoral College could only delay this for so long.

    BTW, Russia is also vulnerable to this Democracy problem, but they still have time to correct course, since their immigration was kept in check.
    Fingers cross on those upcoming constitutional reforms.
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    Post  Rodion_Romanovic on Fri May 29, 2020 11:35 pm

    AlfaT8 wrote:You know, it's honestly hilarious when i look at the situation.
    Russia is in effect being placed in a position where it has to do little to nothing for the West to tear itself apart.

    In the case of Europe, all Russia has to do is wait for German and French Imperial ambitions to collide, along with Britain's interference, and any pseudo alliance within Europe to fall.

    In America's case, immigration has pretty much doomed the 2-party system that has been in place for so long, and will finally turn the U.S into a true 1-party state.
    Democracy is the illusion of the peoples power, eventually the majority will rule over the minority, and with a 1-party rule, authoritarianism and civil conflict becomes inevitable.
    This is why the Fore-Fathers restricted the "Privilege" to vote, it's was not just the 3-branches of government that needed to be kept in check, but the people themselves needed to also be kept in check.
    But, Women, that didn't want to serve wanted to vote, so now everything has to burn.
    The Electoral College could only delay this for so long.

    BTW, Russia is also vulnerable to this Democracy problem, but they still have time to correct course, since their immigration was kept in check.
    Fingers cross on those upcoming constitutional reforms.

    Well in his book "starship troopers" (totally different from the movie) heinlein suggested that in the time when the book is set only veterans could vote and be elected, independently from gender or financial power.
    If it was like that in the US the only acceptable presidential candidate would be Tulsi Gabbard...

    (I know that senator McCain was a navy veteran, but mistakes happens everywhere.... and anyway he was able to enter the academy and graduate only because his father and his grandfather used to be admirals...
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    Post  PapaDragon on Tue Jun 02, 2020 1:59 am


    Russia Is Quickly Becoming The Most Dominant Force In Energy

    https://oilprice.com/Energy/Energy-General/Russia-Is-Quickly-Becoming-The-Most-Dominant-Force-In-Energy.html
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    Post  Big_Gazza on Tue Jun 02, 2020 3:26 pm

    PapaDragon wrote:
    Russia Is Quickly Becoming The Most Dominant Force In Energy

    https://oilprice.com/Energy/Energy-General/Russia-Is-Quickly-Becoming-The-Most-Dominant-Force-In-Energy.html
    An article (written by a Westerner) is packed full of the usual fakery and distortions....

    Amid increasing Iranian aggression and U.S. disengagement from the region, Saudi Arabia’s longterm oil export capabilities are under threat.

    Iranian aggression? Does the author refer to KSA attempt to install a vassal to the Yemeni presidency and the use of military force against the national loyalists who oppose foreign dominance? Irans assistance of pro-Yemen fighters isn't exactly "aggression". As for a "U.S. disengagement" such a thing only exists in the deluded minds of US neocons who decry anything less than a preemptive carpet-bombing Tehran to be an act of Munich-style "appeasement".

    As one of the world’s foremost military powers, Russia can not only defend its networks but attack those of others; such as in the 2008 Georgia War where its aircraft damaged Georgian oil pipelines.

    Dafuq? Russia acting to enforce the Treaty of Sochi and come to the defence of South Ossetia in driving off invading Georgian forces is now an attack on oil pipelines? What, a few shells landing near a pipeline exclusion zone is magically transformed into an attack on gas networks? Wow.. that a fucking long bow you drawing there sonny...

    U.S. companies are directed by profit margins instead of geopolitical outreach, and often require human rights agreements before deals are inked.

    ROFL!! US demands for small nations to lower their defenses against economic, financial & political penetration by NGOs and activist networks funded by Western government and elite private concerns is now being presented as some kind of altruistic benevolence by US oil companies? They won't do business unless the beastly primitive foreigners promise to be good to their people??? /spit How pathetic.

    For example, since the early 1990s, the Kremlin has repeatedly cut off gas to Ukraine to draw concessions from its leadership (and to ensure payment of overdue bills).

    pfftt... a deliberate LIE. Gazprom (not the Kremlin) shutdown deliveries via the Ukropi gas transmission system when the Ukros were STEALING GAS from the nominations being delivered to the paying EU customers. Violation of custody transfer arrangements forced a shutdown until the breaches could be sealed. EU finally admitted that Ukropistan was stealing, and now they provide EU inspectors on the pipeline to monitor flows and confirm no illegal siphoning.

    As LNG helps propel natural gas to a truly global commodity, Russia is already beating the U.S. at this pricing war in Europe, and future gas developments in Russia’s Arctic are promising for its LNG prospects around the world.

    Yes, finally a poignant truth is uttered Very Happy Propagandists must always include an element of truth in their screeds, else their handiwork is easily debunked by the common herd members. I can imagine the mental anguish of this scribbler when punching this particular series on keys on his keyboard Laughing




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    Post  owais.usmani on Wed Jun 03, 2020 7:27 am

    https://thebarentsobserver.com/en/industry-and-energy/2020/06/leonid-mikhelson-en-route-towards-70-million-tons-lng-arctic-fields

    Leonid Mikhelson: En route towards 70 million tons of LNG from Arctic fields



    As this year’s first shiploads of LNG are making it across the Northern Sea Route, the Novatek leader reiterates his grand plans for massive growth in the remote region. By year 2030, a total of 70 million tons of liquefied natural gas will be produced in the company’s Arctic projects, he underlines.

    The carrier “Christophe de Margerie” on the 18th May set out from Sabetta in the Yamal Peninsula and on the 30th May reached the Bering Strait.

    It was the earliest voyage of the kind ever across the eastern part of the Russian Arctic shipping route. The “Christophe de Margerie” is followed by the “Vladimir Voronin” that is expected to reach the strait that mark the end of the NSR by the middle of this week. Both carriers proceed towards the Chinese port of Jingtang.

    While the “Christophe de Margerie” was escorted by nuclear powered icebreaker “Yamal”, the “Vladimir Voronin” sailed most of the way without icebreaker assistance.

    “This unique voyage is a result of Novatek’s carefully elaborated logistical decisions, the extraordinary ice characteristics of our Arctic tankers and the smooth work of our teams,” Leonid Mikhelson says in a comment.

    He underlines that his company now is actively working with the extension of shipments across the eastern sector of the shipping route and that he expects further support from the Russian state.

    “This support will allow us to significantly contribute to the boost of shipping volumes on the Northern Sea Route by developing major projects on production of up to 70 million tons of LNG by year 2030,” Mikhelson says.

    Novatek today is the main driver in Russia’s development of Arctic shipping. The company’s Yamal LNG has the capacity to produce 16,5 million tons per year. The upcoming Arctic LNG 2 project will increase that volume with almost another 20 million tons.

    In addition comes an extension of the Yamal LNG and the Ob LNG project. Both of the latter two projects are however delayed. According to news agency Prime, the Ob LNG will not come into production before 2024 or 2025.

    The mentioned projects will have a total annual production of about 45 million tons. The company is likely to launch its projected Arctic LNG 3 or Arctic LNG 1 to reach the target 70 million.

    Shipping on the Northern Sea Route in 2019 reached 31,5 million tons. In the course of the first five months of 2020, the shipping volumes on the route amounted to 12,25 million tons, the Russian Federal Agency for Maritime and River Transport informs at Instagram. That is an increase of almost 3 percent from the same period in 2019.
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    Post  owais.usmani on Wed Jun 03, 2020 1:33 pm

    https://www.highnorthnews.com/en/arctic-ice-melts-russia-conducts-record-breaking-delivery-lng-china

    As Arctic Ice Melts Russia Conducts Record-Breaking Delivery of LNG to China

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    Post  owais.usmani on Thu Jun 04, 2020 4:23 pm

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-sanctions-nord-stream-2/senators-to-announce-sanctions-bill-on-russias-nord-stream-2-gas-pipeline-idUSKBN23A349

    Senators to announce sanctions bill on Russia's Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline


    I don't understand why do these senators think any sanction can prevent a ship owned by Gazprom from laying the remaining pipes.
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    Post  JohninMK on Thu Jun 04, 2020 4:51 pm

    owais.usmani wrote:https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-sanctions-nord-stream-2/senators-to-announce-sanctions-bill-on-russias-nord-stream-2-gas-pipeline-idUSKBN23A349

    Senators to announce sanctions bill on Russia's Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline


    I don't understand why do these senators think any sanction can prevent a ship owned by Gazprom from laying the remaining pipes.

    More fundamental than that, why do they think they have the right to be "Protecting Europe’s Energy Security" in the first place? They clearly don't think that Germany in particular can't do it themselves, which must piss off the Germans.

    This is another object lesson by the US on how to turn your allies against you. Mind you, in their eyes very little of importance, to them personally, happens beyond the US coasts.
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    Post  owais.usmani on Thu Jun 04, 2020 6:32 pm

    JohninMK wrote:
    owais.usmani wrote:https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-sanctions-nord-stream-2/senators-to-announce-sanctions-bill-on-russias-nord-stream-2-gas-pipeline-idUSKBN23A349

    Senators to announce sanctions bill on Russia's Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline



    I don't understand why do these senators think any sanction can prevent a ship owned by Gazprom from laying the remaining pipes.

    More fundamental than that, why do they think they have the right to be "Protecting Europe’s Energy Security" in the first place?

    They clearly have this "we are the owners of this planet" mentality so this is not surprising. But what's puzzling is that they keep pursing something which they clearly see will have no impact on the construction. Who are they fooling anyway?
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    Post  miketheterrible on Thu Jun 04, 2020 7:49 pm

    owais.usmani wrote:
    JohninMK wrote:
    owais.usmani wrote:https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-sanctions-nord-stream-2/senators-to-announce-sanctions-bill-on-russias-nord-stream-2-gas-pipeline-idUSKBN23A349

    Senators to announce sanctions bill on Russia's Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline




    I don't understand why do these senators think any sanction can prevent a ship owned by Gazprom from laying the remaining pipes.

    More fundamental than that, why do they think they have the right to be "Protecting Europe’s Energy Security" in the first place?

    They clearly have this "we are the owners of this planet" mentality so this is not surprising. But what's puzzling is that they keep pursing something which they clearly see will have no impact on the construction. Who are they fooling anyway?

    its a two way tactic here.

    First they do not want to look like they are losing the narrative and that all their advantages have gone to putz. So they try to do political shows like this even though they outright know it wont do anything at all. This is all a theater.

    Second, they are still trying to reel in the other nations. They are pronging as to who will dance to their tune and who will do things on their own wishes. Germany and Austria clearly dont give two flying craps about US sanctions or demands. As well neither does Turkey or France. So what they try to do is try to squeeze them in hopes at least one of them pop but they wont. They put all sanctions on Nord Stream 2. There is no other sanctions they can place. Any other sanction they place is against the European countries, not Russia cause it does nothing to Russia at all.
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    Post  GarryB on Fri Jun 05, 2020 7:43 am

    But Russia is hurting.... all their intel tells them that it might just be one more straw to break the camels back... I mean look at history and you know that Russia and the Soviet Union have a long history of caving in to pressure... especially when it comes to threats to their privileged lives... take that silver spoon out of their mouths and they cry like babies.

    It is hard to deal sensibly in the world when your world view is based on yes men who tell you what you want to hear and your view in the mirror...

    Most western accusations are based in fact, but mainly in facts about them... if this pipeline was coming from the US to Europe there is no question at all they would use cheap gas deliveries to interfere and try to control European politics, so when they accuse Russia of wanting the same they are revealing more about themselves than they are about the Russians. The only times Russia or the Soviet Union ever stopped gas supplies to Europe was to prevent the Ukraine stealing gas that was supposed to transit their country to reach other customers... so the prevention of theft...
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    Post  JohninMK on Fri Jun 05, 2020 12:59 pm

    Garry, you touch on one of my favourite truisms "You judge others by your own standards until reluctantly proved (several times!) wrong".

    It just happens everywhere, we all do it too.
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    Post  slasher on Fri Jun 05, 2020 3:16 pm

    The specific areas to be targeted according to this article:

    A draft of the measure obtained by Bloomberg spells out that previously enacted sanctions apply to all pipe-laying activities and insurance. It expands sanctions to companies that provide “underwriting services or insurance or reinsurance” for vessels working on the pipeline as well as those that provide “services or facilities for technology upgrades or installation of welding equipment for, or retrofitting or tethering” of vessels.

    The bill, which is expected to be introduced Thursday, would extend sanctions to anyone who provides port facilities to pipe-laying vessels and tethering services.

    Senators to Back Expanding Nord Stream 2 Sanctions to Insurers

    Clearly intended to frighten away European and particularly German companies directly involved in providing basic services to the project. Would be interesting to see if their governments move to shield them at all. Either way, more hurdles ahead for Russia to overcome.
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    Post  owais.usmani on Fri Jun 05, 2020 3:34 pm

    slasher wrote:The specific areas to be targeted according to this article:

    A draft of the measure obtained by Bloomberg spells out that previously enacted sanctions apply to all pipe-laying activities and insurance. It expands sanctions to companies that provide “underwriting services or insurance or reinsurance” for vessels working on the pipeline as well as those that provide “services or facilities for technology upgrades or installation of welding equipment for, or retrofitting or tethering” of vessels.

    The bill, which is expected to be introduced Thursday, would extend sanctions to anyone who provides port facilities to pipe-laying vessels and tethering services.

    Senators to Back Expanding Nord Stream 2 Sanctions to Insurers

    Clearly intended to frighten away European and particularly German companies directly involved in providing basic services to the project. Would be interesting to see if their governments move to shield them at all. Either way, more hurdles ahead for Russia to overcome.

    Main thing for Russia right now is to complete the pipeline. Once the pipeline gets completed, its only a matter of time before the German need for cheap natural gas overcomes any sanction fear.
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    Post  GarryB on Sat Jun 06, 2020 6:24 am

    Or maybe it is time for Russia to realise that Europe is not a partner or ally but a rival and potential enemy and that providing them with cheap gas is just sharpening the dagger that will be used later to stab them in the back...

    Maybe what Russia should do is redesign the pipeline and instead of having it go to Germany... have it go to Kaliningrad and if Europe wants to buy Russian gas they can send ships there to collect it themselves.

    The people of Kaliningrad will have cheap gas for local use and can name the price they charge ships that arrive to buy some.

    I doubt Poland would be any more reliable for piping gas through than the Ukraine so don't even bother... just pipe the gas to Kaliningrad and the Liquify it there for pumping on to ships... tripling the price....
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    Post  JohninMK on Sat Jun 06, 2020 11:03 am

    All the US is going to achieve is to increase the amount of activities done directly by the Russians by their own companies or by special purpose companies elsewhere set up for just that task.

    Or maybe the EU will finally get to the point where they tell the US to poke off.
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    Post  flamming_python on Sat Jun 06, 2020 1:29 pm

    GarryB wrote:Or maybe it is time for Russia to realise that Europe is not a partner or ally but a rival and potential enemy and that providing them with cheap gas is just sharpening the dagger that will be used later to stab them in the back...

    Maybe what Russia should do is redesign the pipeline and instead of having it go to Germany... have it go to Kaliningrad and if Europe wants to buy Russian gas they can send ships there to collect it themselves.

    The people of Kaliningrad will have cheap gas for local use and can name the price they charge ships that arrive to buy some.

    I doubt Poland would be any more reliable for piping gas through than the Ukraine so don't even bother... just pipe the gas to Kaliningrad and the Liquify it there for pumping on to ships... tripling the price....

    Actually Kaliningrad does have a new LNG port, for emergency deliveries from mainland Russia if the Baltics/Poland cut off gas pipelines

    Which always seemed dumb to me. They could have just built a branch from Nord Stream II to Kaliningrad, and used it to pump gas to Kaliningrad normally - depriving Poland and the Baltics of a little transit revenue, and securing the full energy independence of the exclave.
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    Post  GarryB on Sun Jun 07, 2020 2:51 am

    Without having to worry about any EU sanctions or rules....
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    Post  owais.usmani on Fri Jun 12, 2020 1:01 pm

    This is for the lulz! Very Happy

    https://www.vpk-news.ru/news/57296

    At least 10 tankers with Russian oil will arrive on the shores of the United States in June.
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    Post  PapaDragon on Fri Jun 12, 2020 1:28 pm

    owais.usmani wrote:This is for the lulz! Very Happy
    https://www.vpk-news.ru/news/57296
    At least 10 tankers with Russian oil will arrive on the shores of the United States in June.

    Jesus!!!

    I am pro-Russian dude from Serbia and even I am appalled by this...

    Have they no honor? lol1

    And what about all that cheap Saudi oil? What happened to that?



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    Post  Hole on Fri Jun 12, 2020 4:21 pm

    Why should the politicians there care? The MSM will ignore it and the poor working class people will never hear about it.
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    Post  owais.usmani on Mon Jun 15, 2020 9:30 am

    https://oilprice.com/Geopolitics/International/New-US-Sanctions-Unlikely-To-Derail-Nord-Stream-2.html

    New U.S. Sanctions Unlikely To Derail Nord Stream 2


    It is difficult to surprise anyone in today’s world with another set of sanction-slapping. A bipartisan group of US senators has expressed its intent to put another spoke in the wheel of Gazprom’s 55 BCm per year Nord Stream 2 pipeline. The new bill would amend the 2019 Protecting Europe’s Energy Security law by extending its force to entities that provide “underwriting services or insurance or reinsurance” relating to the construction of Nord Stream 2 as well as provide “services or facilities for technology upgrades or installation of welding equipment for, or retrofitting or tethering of vessels”. In a nutshell, wary of antagonizing European partners even further, Washington is seeking to implement a strategy of legislative precision strikes. Yet the chances of such sanctions derailing Europe’s prime pipeline-construction project remain pale, as we will see below. The new anti-Nord Stream 2 bill is sponsored among others by Ted Cruz and Jeanne Shaheen, senators who were instrumental in drafting previous legislation against the gas conduit which purportedly threatens “Ukraine, Europe’s energy independence” (Shaheen) and “poses a critical threat to America’s national security” (Cruz). As can be seen from the senators’ comments, the encompassing narrative to buttress the bill’s prospects is a thin line to be walked – were the senators to publicly present the new measures as further attempts to use non-market measures to achieve the objective of higher US LNG exports to Europe, their case could be easily taken to arbitration courts. Yet some of the phrasings involved certainly do insinuate this – why else would a Russian subsea pipeline to Germany (which as of 2020 has no LNG terminal) threaten US’ national security?

    The difficulty of maintaining a healthy enough US-German tandem also transpires from the bill’s reported aim to sanction any entity that would “provide services for the testing, inspection or certification necessary for or associated with the operation” of Nord Stream 2. This is a direct jab at the German energy regulator Bnetza as it would be them who provide official approvals for the constructed pipeline. Bnetza has already been in the crosshairs of intra-European decision-making, rejecting Nord Stream’s application to have the pipeline exempt from the EU’s 3rd Energy Directive. This need not be the final decision on the matter (notwithstanding the decision Brussels can still grant a more lenient set of conditions to Nord Stream 2 if both parties manage to find common language) yet has already stirred up too much attention around the regulator.

    The new set of US sanctions pit Washington against the European Union, concurrently upending its delicate balancing act vis-à-vis Russia. Ambassador Grenell’s sudden departure and President Trump’s decision to cut the size of US troops in Germany has complicated matters even further. In the meantime, Germany’s Baltic port of Mukran has seen a flurry of activity around the two Russian pipe-laying vessels assumed to complete Nord Stream 2. Akademik Cherskiy, the one which received significantly more media coverage due to its dynamic positioning capability, has moved out of the Far Eastern port of Nakhodka in February 2020 and carried out a prolonged (and oftentimes untraceable) 4-month voyage around Africa all the way to Mukran. It seems that the vessel is currently being retrofitted for the upcoming pipe-laying works and getting loaded with pipes to be laid.

    The second vessel, Fortuna, lacks dynamic positioning equipment – a precondition for pipe-laying in Danish territorial waters – but might carry out all the necessary works in the shallow waters of Germany’s Baltic waters. The Danish authorities have also barred pipelaying works in July-August around the Baltic island of Bornholm due to cod spawning season, adding another prohibitive layer to this summer’s construction developments. Since every single vessel associated with Nord Stream 2 is under immediate threat of ending up sanctioned by the US government, the supply vessels required to assist the pipe-laying ones will also be Russian – according to Russian media reports 2 such vessels have already departed from Vladivostok.

    Inasmuch as the constant sanctions threats keep on unnerving Gazprom’s management, the Russian gas export monopoly has found a seemingly simple yet effective way to complicate matters further for US senators. As Russian media reports have discerned, Akademik Cherskiy no longer belongs to Gazprom’s shipping subsidiary Gazprom Flot (which had owned it for 4 years, since 2016) – the vessel’s owner is a largely unknown Russia-based property investment fund STIF. What is adding another twist to the story is the fact that it seems almost impossible to understand who owns the investment fund and why it bought the pipelaying vessel. In effect, such a lack of clarity renders it quite difficult for US authorities to sanction STIF – it can hardly allow itself to initiate a lengthy and very risky legal dispute with Gazprom, stabbing in the dark in its pursuit of any Gazprom trace.

    Derisking the day-to-day operations of Gazprom Flot was a good enough reason to sell Akademik Cherskiy as the company has already been subjected to sectoral sanctions, meaning that it is forbidden to provide US equipment and technology to the Arctic, offshore and shale projects that the company might be participating in. According to recent reports, the STIF investment fund was co-owned by two Gazprom subsidiaries before April 2020, however, given its private character has decided to conceal its current ownership structure. Theoretically, with its acquisition of Akademik Cherskiy, it might have concurrently switched owners yet there is no way of telling whether this has in fact happened.
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    Post  owais.usmani on Wed Jun 17, 2020 1:38 pm

    Some updates regarding Nord Stream 2:

    https://www.icis.com/explore/resources/news/2020/06/16/10519575/russia-s-nord-stream-2-gas-pipe-asks-to-use-anchored-pipelayers

    Russia’s Nord Stream 2 gas pipe asks to use anchored pipelayers



    https://www.spglobal.com/platts/en/market-insights/latest-news/natural-gas/061720-denmark-to-make-decision-on-nord-stream-2-permit-request-within-four-weeks

    Denmark to make decision on Nord Stream 2 permit request 'within four weeks'



    https://www.dw.com/en/nord-stream-2-germany-unhappy-with-new-us-sanctions/a-53805296

    Nord Stream 2: Germany unhappy with new US sanctions


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    Post  GarryB on Thu Jun 18, 2020 5:14 am

    Germany needs to grow a pair and decide if they want cheap reliable gas supplies or not...

    If I was in charge of Gazprom I would stop all work in Germany and reroute the pipes to Kaliningrad so the people in Kaliningrad can get cheap gas direct from Russia. I would build a gas liquification plant in Kaliningrad so gas can be piped to Kaliningrad in quantity without needing to ship it there and Germany can send ships to Kaliningrad to buy their gas... it will be cheaper than US gas and available in the volumes they require... unlike US gas...

    Then I would do to Kaliningrad what the EU is doing to statues of their Soviet saviours and change the street names from German to Russian and rip down all the old buildings and build new modern buildings... if the west can rewrite history then Russia can pick and choose what history to remember too.

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