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Environmental lawyers in push to stop gas pipeline in Finland

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But he accused Washington of wanting to block the pipeline, built by Russia's state-controlled energy giant Gazprom and a consortium of European energy companies, in order to boost its own shale gas exports.

Oudkirk told reporters the US Congress had given the president new authority to impose sanctions against a variety of Russian pipeline projects. "The U.S. are our friends and partners, and we want to defend our common values".

"The US is looking for sales markets".

In early April, after meeting with the leaders of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia at the White House, Trump criticized the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. If Washington follows the principle of "America first " and protects primarily its own interests, then the USA should understand that Europe will defend its own, he went on to say.

The Nord Stream 2 pipeline is projected to deliver 55 billion cubic meters of Russian natural gas annually to the European Union across the Baltic Sea to Germany, bypassing Ukraine.




He added that Europe will strongly react to attempts by the U.S. to put its economic interests above the interests of the partners.

He said Germany viewed Nord Stream 2 as primarily a commercial project, but saw the need to consider the interests of Ukraine as a gas transit country, and of countries in Central and Eastern Europe.

Altmaier has said he is optimistic that a "substantial" amount of gas will continue to flow through Ukraine when the Baltic pipeline starts operating.

Early last month, before the Merkel was on an official visit to come to the U.S., it became known that one of the key topics of the talks will be "Nord stream 2".

Poland, Denmark and Ukraine also oppose the project, arguing that it will increase the EU's dependency on Russian gas and Europe should instead focus on diversifying its energy resources. The length of the pipeline will be 1.2 thousand km, and the total capacity of the existing Nord stream - 55 billion cubic meters of gas.

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