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Zelensky's U.S. visit: new tone in relations
U.S., Germany strike a deal to allow completion of controversial Russian Nord Stream 2 pipeline | CNBC - July 21, 2021 |
Nord Stream 2: Last piece of gas pipeline is in place | DW |
Construction on the controversial Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline took a major step to completion. According to the company, the final piece of piping has been welded together. It will then be lowered into place in the Baltic Sea. It must then be connected and will then be expected to begin operating soon.
Russia's state-owned energy company Gazprom said once the project has been completed the pipeline will begin supplying Germany in October. The 10 billion ($12 billion) project is expected to double the carrying capacity to Germany.
The US is not happy with what it believes will be a more dependent relationship between Europe and Russia. Washington does not want Moscow using energy as a weapon, and has sought assurances from Berlin that it will act if that is seen to be the case.
Russia's Gazprom completes Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline construction | TRT World |
Energy giant Gazprom has announced that construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, set to double natural gas supplies from Russia to Germany by bypassing Ukraine, has been completed.
Following the announcement on Friday, Ukraine immediately reacted, saying it will fight the "political project."
"Chairman of the Management Committee Alexei Miller said that this morning at 8.45 Moscow time (05:45 GMT) construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline was fully completed," Gazprom said in a statement on Friday.
"Ukraine will fight this political project, before and after it's completion and even after the gas is turned on," Sergiy Nykyforov, the spokesman of Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said, following the Moscow's announcement.
Not President Volodymyr Zelenskyy but his new spokesperson takes the headline on DC visit ...
Zelensky's spokesperson takes a selfie mocking Washington Monument
Nykyforov amusement at Washington Monument: violent reactions on social media in its aftermath | BBC News |
Reasons to Be Cheerful: The Biden-Zelensky Summit | CEPA |
After a years-long quest marked with entanglements into U.S. domestic politics, Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky finally made it to the White House last week, becoming only the second European leader to be invited to Washington since President Biden took office in January.
The much-anticipated summit was preceded by clear signals of frustration and disappointment from Ukraine's leadership, and for good reasons. Earlier this year, Ukraine, despite facing an increased threat from Russia's mobilization of its forces in April, failed to secure critical U.S. backing for a Membership Action Plan (MAP) to join NATO, something the country has sought since the alliance's promise of future membership at its 2008 Bucharest summit. Furthermore, the Biden administration notably backtracked on sanctioning Russia's Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline -- which aims to harm Ukrainian influence and income -- while the U.S.-German compromise announced in July, designed to compensate Ukraine and mitigate the impact of the near-complete gas pipeline, fell far short not only of Ukrainian but also Central European expectations.
Yet while the Washington Summit showed disagreements remain, it would be misleading to judge the summit solely on these two issues. In fact, Zelensky's White House visit firmly indicates that Ukraine's relations with the U.S. have strengthened and are on course for a truly lasting partnership.
Ukraine is clearly a priority for U.S. foreign policy and is likely to stay in this category throughout the Biden Presidency. As noted above, Zelensky became only the second world leader to be invited to the White House after outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The country's priority position is not only indicated by the strong language of the Joint Statement of the two presidents but the United States' recognition of Ukraine as "central to the global struggle between democracy and autocracy."
Truthteller from the Pentagon inventing new military policy after the dissolution of the Soviet empire and a new mission for NATO beyond Article 5 and Afghanistan operation.
Rumsfeld's 'Old' And 'New' Europe Touches On Uneasy Divide | RFERL - Jan. 24. 2003 |
U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld touched a nerve in Europe this week, dividing the continent into what he called "old Europe" and "new Europe." Reaction from France and Germany -- which Rumsfeld put squarely in the "old" category -- was swift and harsh. But the U.S. official's underlying point cannot be denied. On Iraq, divisions in Europe appear to run deep, with the main fault line falling between NATO's "older" European members and its new ones.
Galeotti: The West's Paranoia About Putin | The Guardian |
US diplomat Victoria Nuland faces questions over strategy | FT - July 31, 2014 |
Using the accidental downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 as an endless propaganda tool over Ukraine.
Winners and Losers Nord Stream 2 Completion
After Angela Merkel's steady reign, will the pendulum in Europe swing back to centrum left?
After Angela Merkel: how one woman shaped a generation -- and Europe
For most of her life, Josepha Albrecht has known only one leader. She doesn't live in North Korea or in Russia under Vladimir Putin. She is a teenager living in prosperous, democratic Germany.
The 17-year-old student was a baby when Angela Merkel became Germany's first female chancellor in November 2005. And she grew up in the years when Merkel established herself as Europe's pre-eminent stateswoman, a rock of stability in a world convulsed by economic crises, political populism and the fracturing of old alliances.
"Just crazy," is how Albrecht, a climate activist from Barnim, describes Merkel's long reign. "In democratic terms it's pretty shocking." For Imanuel Röver, a 16-year-old from Neukölln in southern Berlin, Merkel has been a kind of background track his entire life. "As long as I can remember", he says, "she's always been there."
That is about to change.
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Even if it's fake news or part of someone's party propaganda!
Meanwhile in Nordic Nations ... leading to the left.
Rutte stuck in the old coalition of before the March election and has categorically refused to have talks with the centrum left parties. Disgusting fellow.
Coalition fixer Remkes tells parties to focus on ’urgent problems’