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EU-Russia relations at breaking point as Kremlin unleashes ‘geopolitical weapon’ on Europe

  • September 15, 2021

Asset freezes and travel restrictions, part of a package of sanctions, were scheduled to be lifted today, but an extension could make Mr Putin’s control of gas supplies in Europe even tighter as a form of retaliation.

The restriction of gas flowing through pipelines from Russia was an attempt by the Russian President to force Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, from implementing EU law across the Nord Stream 2 pipeline system.

The pipeline, which travels through the Baltic Sea, will transport natural gas from Russia into Germany, bypassing Poland and Ukraine.

Gazprom, the state-owned company that built the pipeline, announced construction was complete on September 10, and German regulators have four months to provide certification for commercial flows to begin.

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