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Austria to Promote Nord Stream 2 With Russia

Seems Austria has decided to advance its own interests over those of the Atlanticist clique

Austria and Russia will jointly lobby in favor of the implementation of the Nord Stream-2 natural gas pipeline project, as it is beneficial for both Moscow and Europe, Russian Economic Development Minister Alexei Ulyukaev said Wednesday.

The Nord Stream 2 is a proposed gas pipeline that would pass under the Baltic Sea, bypassing Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia and Poland, to provide an additional route for Russian gas to be delivered to Germany. The pipeline could provide up to 55 billion cubic meters of direct gas supplies from Russia.

While some EU member states, such as Poland and Lithuania, are opposed to the northern gas pipeline due to concerns over increased energy dependence on Russia, Germany reaffirmed its interest in the project in late 2015, saying that it would bring more benefits for EU members and provide energy safety and security to the 28-nation bloc.

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Nord Stream

On January 20, the CEO of Austria's oil and gas company OMV, Rainer Seele, called for consolidated EU support for the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project, stressing the need to convince the European Commission that the project was in Europe's interests. The project fully complies with the EU Third Energy Package, according to Seele.

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