Russia & CIS

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).

Russia Within 62 Miles of Finishing Nord Stream 2 Gas Pipeline

The Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline under the Baltic Sea is almost complete with just 100 kilometers (62 miles) left to build, TASS news agency quoted Russian deputy prime minister Alexander Novak as saying on Thursday.

Russia Says Nord Stream 2 Testing Work to Start Next Week

Testing work on Russia's Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to Germany will start next week, Alexander Drozdenko, governor of the Leningrad region where the pipeline starts, was cited as saying by the TASS news agency on Wednesday.

Germany, U.S. Hold Talks in Washington on Nord Stream 2, Berlin Says

Germany and the United States are holding talks in Washington to try to resolve a row over the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Tuesday.

Russia, Pakistan Agree to Build Pakistan Stream Gas Pipeline

Russia and Pakistan have signed an agreement to build the Pakistan Stream gas pipeline, Russia's energy ministry said on Friday.

Biden: Nord Stream 2 Sanctions 'Counter-Productive' for European Ties

U.S. President Joe Biden said he decided to waive sanctions against the company behind the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline because the project was nearly complete and doing so could have harmed ties with Europe.

Candidates to Succeed Merkel Clash on Nord Stream 2 Pipeline

The conservative and Greens candidates to succeed German Chancellor Angela Merkel after September's federal election clashed on the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from Russia, and on whether Germany should host U.S nuclear weapons.

Burst Pipeline Causes 2,000 Square Meter Oil Spill on Russia's Yamal

A burst pipeline on Russia's Yamal peninsula caused oil to be spilled across an area of up to 2,000 square meters, the RIA news agency cited the emergency services as saying on Friday.

Gazprom Coy on Nord Stream 2 Timing After U.S. Sanctions Waivers

Russian gas giant Gazprom said on Thursday completion of the politically-charged Nord Stream 2 undersea gas pipeline depended on "many factors," following the sanctions waiver from the United States.

Poland Says Nord Stream 2 Sanctions Waiver a Threat to Energy Security

Poland said on Thursday that the waiver of U.S. sanctions on the company behind Russia's Nord Stream 2 was a threat to energy security in central and eastern Europe.

U.S. to Waive Sanctions on Firm, CEO Behind Russia's Nord Stream 2 Pipeline

The Biden administration will waive sanctions on the company behind Russia's Nord Stream 2 pipeline to Europe and its chief executive, a Washington source familiar with the plans and Germany's foreign minister said on Wednesday.

Oil Spill in Russia's Komi Region Estimated at 100 Tons, River Polluted

A pipeline spill in Russia's northwestern region of Komi leaked 100 tons of oil last week, including nine tons that flowed into a local river, the head of state environment watchdog Rosprirodnadzor said on Monday.