Published: Fri, May 18, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Moscow may use gas pipe to spy on West, US warns

Moscow may use gas pipe to spy on West, US warns

For this, the US President promised Berlin to start a discussion on a new "trade deal" between the US and the EU.

The U.S. president in March imposed tariffs of 25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminum imports but gave European Union countries until June 1 to negotiate new deals with the U.S.

The pipeline would allow Russian Federation to ship natural gas to Germany directly.

While Merkel has taken a hard line on what it considers hostile Russian actions in recent years-from the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria to the chemical attack on a former Russian spy in Britain-Germany badly needs to secure its gas supply and Berlin has calculated that Nord Stream 2 offers the best deal.

The Nord Stream 2 project has said it will tap banks for financing in the fourth quarter of 2018 or early next year. The government of Chancellor Merkel strongly supports the project, arguing that it is based on only economic interest. The only shareholder of the latter is Gazprom. The length of the pipeline will be 1.2 thousand km, and the total capacity of the existing Nord stream - 55 billion cubic meters of gas.

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Oudkirk said Russian Federation could use the project to place monitoring and listening devices for surveillance under the Baltic Sea, which increases the risk of the pipeline from an intelligence and security point of view.

The President of the United States Donald trump tried to convince Germany to abandon the project "Nord stream-2".

Oudkirk noted that Russia in the past has turned off gas supplies to Ukraine during disputes and said Washington is concerned that the Baltic pipeline might create similar "vulnerabilities" by giving Russia similar leverage over Western European nations and increasing their dependence on Russian gas.

In the German Lubmin began the construction of a gas receiving station within the project of the pipeline "Nord stream-2". In this regard, Russian Federation was forced to develop an alternative route around the country.

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