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Nord Stream pipeline is inaugurated

Published on Nov. 10, 2011

Nord Stream pipeline is inaugurated

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Dmitry Medvedev, officially inaugurated the Nord Stream pipeline linking Russia and Germany through the Baltic Sea on a journey of 1,224 kilometers that will allow gas exports from Russia to avoid the territories of Ukraine and Poland.

In Poland, the inauguration of the pipeline has been interpreted as an act of segregation into this country, which now imports from Russia 90% of its gas. This inauguration is being seen even worst in Ukraine, which has now lost its lobbying tool with Russia that until now had to send its gas exports to the EU through their territory, thus granting Ukraine a weapon against the Russian giant, a weapon already used on several occasions, in 2006 and 2009, those known as gas wars. Besides, Ukraine will lose part of an important source of revenue, resulting from the exploitation of its gas infrastructure.

Nonetheless the criticism from Ukraine and Poland has lately softened with the change of the governments. Now the debate is more focused on the concerns of European gas importers on the monopoly situation in which Gazprom is now operating, which emphasizes the energy dependence of Europe, furthermore when countries like Germany have recently signed off the closure of all its nuclear plants for 2021.

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