German split over Russian gas pipeline

Germany's Angela Merkel and France's Emmanuel Macron at France Armistice Day

Other western countries will be linked to Nord Stream 2 via Germany.

"The dependence on Russian gas worries us". "This day, I think it's good, and he would not have taken place without the German-French cooperation", she said. The essence of the proposal of Germany and France is that the country which is producing gas from the sea gas pipeline, will have the right choice of formula applied to the draft regulation of the EU Gas Directive and possible exemptions from it.

"If the project obstacles, to force Russia Gas through Ukraine to its terms and conditions, to pump up their Rates and uncertainties in legal things, then fold this number is likely to be", said Deputy foreign Minister Alexander Pankin, the news Agency Ria Novosti, according to without a country.

Republican and Democratic U.S. senators on Thursday unveiled a resolution calling for the cancellation of Russia's Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline, a link under the Baltic Sea from Russian Federation to Germany.

On Thursday, the Foreign Ministry released a statement saying: "France intends to support the adoption of this directive".

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According to a copy of a draft obtained by AFP, the two European Union countries agreed on Friday to ensure oversight will come from the "territory and territorial sea of the member state where the first interconnection point is located".

"If we want to diversify, Germany will build new terminals for liquefied gas, which means we don't under any circumstances want to be dependent on Russian Federation alone", Merkel told reporters in Bratislava, Slovakia.

The dispute concerns a €9.5 billion project called Nord Stream 2 to carry gas from Russian Federation by running two pipelines beneath the Baltic, in addition to an existing pair. Under the compromise agreement, Germany will itself be able to determine the rules under which Nord Stream 2 will operate.

In the end 27 of the bloc's 28 ambassadors reportedly agreed to a Franco-German compromise.

"Washington has put enormous pressure on European Union capitals in recent days to prevent Nord Stream 2", the diplomat said on condition of anonymity. The United States and many of its European allies, ...

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Other European companies involved in the project include the Anglo-Dutch Shell, Austria's OMV and France's Engie.

Now that the European Commission's gas regulation proposal has gained enough support from member states, negotiations with the European Parliament to finalise the reform could begin as early as next week.

The resolution calls for the pipeline's cancellation and supports a multinational freedom of navigation in the Black Sea after Russia's aggression against Ukraine in the Kerch Strait.

Merkel has so far insisted that the pipeline is a "purely economic project" that will ensure cheaper, more reliable gas supplies.

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