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Nord Stream 2 project moving along with German support: report

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Roberto Galea 14.06.2016 12:27
The German government is supporting the development of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline despite opposition from Poland, Ukraine and the Baltic states, German daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung has reported.
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The planned pipeline is to connect Russia and Germany, circumventing Poland and other countries in the region.

“The tender orders for the installation of the pipes are currently running – all with the approval of the federal government, despite the [EU] sanctions against Russia,” Sueddeutsche Zeitung wrote on Monday.

The daily interviewed German Economy Minister and Deputy Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel, who said: “For us, this is basically an economic issue”.

Earlier in May, members of the European Parliament appealed to the European Union to consider both the geopolitical as well economic consequences of the Nord Stream 2 project.

The Visegrad Group, which comprises Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary, in March asked the European Commission to probe the planned pipeline.

They asked the commission, headed by Jean-Claude Juncker, to conduct a “rigorous assessment” of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. (rg/pk)

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