PUTIN, MERKEL, BIDEN and the pipeline of DISCORDY – VisualPolitik EN

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Germany is the largest energy consumer in the entire European Union, and it needs to buy more and more natural gas. Its main supplier is Russia: Russian gas is nearby and it’s cheap. The problem is that Vladimir Putin has no qualms about using natural gas as a political weapon: especially when it comes to harassing Ukraine.

Until 2011, almost all gas reaching the European Union passed through Ukraine. But all that changed with the construction of the Nord Stream 1 pipeline. And Ukraine will definitely cease to be a gas transit country the day Nord Stream 2 is completed.

Precisely for this reason, the United States is doing everything it can to oppose this project. They have already passed several economic sanctions against Russia… and they may end up doing the same with Germany. But why is Germany so interested in buying Russian gas? Why is Nord Stream 2 so controversial? In this video we tell you.

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