EU members oppose pipeline extension - Ukraine refuses to repay Russian debt - Nigerian farmers' case against Shell proceeds
The former German chancellor has come under fire from his successor for taking a top job with Russian oil giant Rosneft. The firm is a target of US and EU sanctions that were imposed after Russia's annexation of Crimea.
Germany and Austria have criticized a US Senate Russia sanctions bill that could open EU firms up to fines for participation in a new gas pipeline. While the bill has a flaw, it isn't protectionist, says one US expert.
A new round of US sanctions on Russia hammered out by Congress includes language that would make it harder for President Trump to lift them. But the bill also contains a passage that could increase tensions with Europe.
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