Russia & CIS

Armenia Wants Russian Army Outposts on Azerbaijan Border Amid Tensions

Tensions between Armenia and Azerbaijan, two former Soviet republics, are watched closely abroad for any threat to Azeri gas and oil pipelines and the risk of regional powers Turkey and Russia being dragged into any conflict.

Operator Says Nord Stream 2 Gas Pipeline is Almost Finished

The much-politicized Nord Stream 2 undersea gas pipeline from Russia to Germany is 99% complete, the pipeline operator said Wednesday, after the pipelay vessel Akademik Cherskiy finished its initially planned workload.

Gazprom to Pay 349 million Euros in Advance to Use Bulgarian Pipeline

Russia's state gas company Gazprom has agreed to pay 349 million euros ($412 million) in advance for capacity on the Bulgarian extension of the TurkStream gas pipeline, Bulgarian state network operator Bulgartransgaz said.

Gazprom Trunk Gas Pipeline Ablaze After Leak in Russia

A trunk pipeline belonging to Russian gas giant Gazprom leaked and caught ablaze in the Perm region on Monday, but no one has been hurt, the company said.

Russia Rejects Aspects of Germany-U.S. Accord on Nord Stream 2 Pipeline

The Kremlin said it disagreed with some statements in an agreement between the United States and Germany on the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, insisting that Russia had never used energy as a tool of political pressure.

U.S., Germany Strike Nord Stream 2 Pipeline Deal to Push Back on Russian 'Aggression'

The United States and Germany on Wednesday unveiled an agreement on the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline under which Berlin pledged to respond to any attempt by Russia to use energy as a weapon against Ukraine and other Central and Eastern European countries.

Germany's Merkel Discussed Nord Stream 2 with Putin

German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke on the phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday, hours before the expected publication of Germany-United States agreement on the contested Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.

U.S., Germany to Vow Action on Russia in Nord Stream 2 Deal

The United States and Germany will take action against Russia if it uses the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to harm Ukraine or other Eastern European countries, according to two sources familiar with a bilateral agreement expected on Wednesday.

U.S., Germany to Announce Deal on Nord Stream 2 Pipeline in Coming Days

The United States and Germany are expected to announce a deal resolving their longstanding dispute over Russia's $11 billion Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline in coming days, sources familiar with the matter said on Monday.

Biden, Merkel Fail to Resolve Differences About Nord Stream 2 Gas Pipeline

President Joe Biden and German Chancellor Angela Merkel failed to settle their dispute over Russia's Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline but said they agreed that Moscow must not be allowed to use energy as a weapon to coerce its neighbors.

Biden, Merkel May Have Little Time to Rebuild 'Indispensable' Relationship

The United States and Germany are key NATO allies but are at odds over a host of tough issues, including the Nord Stream 2 pipeline being built from Russia to Germany under the Baltic Sea, which Washington fears will increase European reliance on Russian gas.

Germany Loses Gazprom Pipeline Appeal as Court Sides with Poland

Berlin lost its fight against a ruling limiting Gazprom's access to the OPAL pipeline that links the Russian gas producer's Nord Stream pipeline to Germany after Europe's top court sided with Poland.

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Ukraine Seeks Energy 'Security Guarantees' From Biden-Merkel Meeting

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy is pinning hopes on the United States and Germany to come up with energy "security guarantees" for Ukraine amid fears over Russia's Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to Europe.

Merkel, Biden Face Tough Talks on Russian Gas Pipeline, China

Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Joe Biden will hold talks at the White House on Thursday that experts say are unlikely to yield major breakthroughs on divisive issues like a Russian gas pipeline to Germany.

Merkel Reassures Ukraine on Gas Transit Before Talks with Biden

Ukraine can be confident that Germany and the European Union will guarantee its status as a transit country for Russian gas even after the Nord Stream 2 pipeline has opened, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday.

U.S. House Panel Passes Amendment to Stop Sanctions Waiver on Nord Stream 2

The Biden administration could face pressure to block Russia's Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline after a House of Representatives panel this week passed an amendment seeking to repeal the U.S. State Department's ability to waive sanctions on the project.

Gazprom Holds Back Exports via Ukraine, Pressing Case for Nord Stream 2

Kremlin-controlled gas giant Gazprom has held off from booking additional capacity for gas supplies via Ukraine to meet surging demand in recent months, sending a clear sign it is waiting for the Nord Stream 2 pipeline to be commissioned, analysts said.

Germany, U.S. Seek to Resolve Nord Stream 2 Dispute by End August

German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier on Friday said he had a productive meeting with U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, and both countries were committed to resolving a dispute over the Nord Stream 2 pipeline by the end of August.

Perspective: How Vladimir Putin Uses Natural Gas to Exert Russian Influence

The recent U.S.-Russia summit between Presidents Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin suggests that a controversial Russian natural gas pipeline, Nord Stream 2, is a done deal.

Blinken Says Nord Stream 2 is Russian Project That Undermines Ukraine

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Wednesday described the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline as a Russian geopolitical project that undermines the security of Ukraine, adding the United States wants to ensure Russia does not use energy as a coercive tool against any European state.

Ukraine Prepared to Act Against Gazprom Over Central Asian Gas

Ukraine is prepared to take legal action against Gazprom to unblock natural gas supplies from central Asia, the Financial Times reported on Monday.

Nord Stream 2 to Start Work on Filling Pipeline on Friday

Russia's Nord Stream 2 gas project will start preparations on Friday to fill the first of two pipelines with natural gas, the Gazprom-led project said on Thursday.

Timeline of Nord Stream 2: The Difficult Birth of Russia's Gas Link to Germany

The Nord Stream 2 pipeline looks set for completion after U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Monday called it a "fait accompli" and said United States was working with Germany to mitigate its effects.

Transneft Halting Oil Supplies to Poland Due to Pipeline Maintenance

Russian oil pipeline monopoly Transneft said on Wednesday it will halt oil shipments to Poland via the Druzhba pipeline for four days to carry out maintenance work, the Interfax news agency reported.

U.S. to Insist on 'Real Steps' to Mitigate Russian Pipeline Impact

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Tuesday that Washington was working with Germany to try to mitigate any effects of the completion of the Russian Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline.

Blinken: U.S. Able to Mitigate Nord Stream 2 Pipeline Effects

Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Monday the completion of the Russian Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline was a "fait accompli,” defending the U.S. decision to waive some sanctions and vowing a response if Moscow tries to use gas as a weapon.

Germany: Ukraine Must Remain Gas Transit Country After New Pipeline

Germany said Ukraine should remain a transit country for Russian gas, the Frankfurter Allgemeine newspaper reported, after President Vladimir Putin said it would depend on the former Soviet republic showing "goodwill" towards Moscow.

Nord Stream 2 to Be Completed as US Wants Good Ties With EU, Putin Says

Russia's Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to Germany should be completed as new U.S. administration wants good relations with Europe, Russian President Vladimir Putin told an economic forum.

Russia Estimates Lukoil's Oil Spill Damage at $4 Million

Russian environment watchdog has estimated the environment damage from a recent spill at one of oilfields of producer Lukoil at 300 million roubles ($4.1 million).