Nord Stream is the largest joint energy project between Russia and the European Union (photo: dpa)

The petropolitics surrounding Nord Stream's engineering feat

Russian gas supplies to Europe have suffered in recent years from bitter disputes between Moscow and Ukraine marring relations between Russia and the European Union. But Russia is eager to ensure its national gas giant Gazprom takes a lead role as supplier of gas to European customers – with expansion to Britain as its ultimate goal. As a result, Russia is building new pipelines, including the Nord Stream, which runs to Germany via the Baltic Sea, and the South Stream, which will travel beneath the Black Sea to Bulgaria. But security of supply and Europe’s reliance on Russia is an increasing concern.

THE opening of the Nord Stream pipeline on the Baltic seabed – the world’s longest u...

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Professor Stefan Hedlund
Russia has sought to ensure that its national gas giant Gazprom attains a dominant position as supplier of gas to European customers
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