After the midterms – that's when US lawmakers said they'd consider passing new sanctions against Russia. That is now. So how's the mood at a Russian and German resources conference in Potsdam, after the midterms?
Paris has signaled it will support changes to EU guidelines regulating gas imports. Germany has thus far ignored opposition to its project, but it may not be able to any longer.
Russian gas will be piped direct to Germany from November despite the project's detractors, a project engineer has asserted. Critics have said Europe will be left vulnerable and climate goals will be undermined.
About one-third of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline has been laid. There's growing opposition to the pipeline — including now possibly from France — and the EU is having difficulty figuring out how to deal with the project.
US Vice President Mike Pence has criticized European partners for sticking to the 2015 nuclear accord with Iran after the US withdrew. He also condemned the Nord Stream 2 oil pipeline between Russia and Germany.
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