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Pipeline Politics
Why Is Gazprom So Intent on Nord Stream 2?
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  • Kev

    Let’s get one thing straight: Ukraine has a government that claims it is in a state of war..check that, EXISTENTIAL WAR with Russia. Given the circumstances, is it really so surprising that Gazprom is looking at alternative routes that bypass Ukraine? This isn’t politics, this isn’t “using natural gas as a weapon”, it’s a prudent way to eliminate transit risks.

    • Andrew Allison

      Gazprom pays Ukraine for the passage of it’s gas, so there’s a clear financial benefit in bypassing Ukraine which, I suspect, is the real motivation. Let’s face it, Ukraine is both defenseless and undefensible, so if Russia were to decide to “nationalize” the Ukrainian pipelines, it could. Does anybody really think that the gutless jerks who govern the West would do anything about it?

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