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British military group: Ship reportedly attacked off #Oman | Jul 30
- The incident comes amid heightened tensions over Iran’s tattered nuclear deal and as negotiations over restoring the accord have stalled in Vienna.…
UK Maritime Trade Authority Reports Ship Attacked Off Oman Coast
- "#UKMTO has received reports of a vessel being attacked in position .... approx 152 NM NE DUQM, #Oman [175 miles off Port of Duqm], at approximately 1800 UTC [18:00 GMT] on 29 Jul 2021",…
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#NordStream2: The US-Germany agreement was signed. Here is my take on it: 1) The agreement is a compilation of aspects ranging from insecurities related to Russia to the general climate crisis and energy modernization of Ukraine. 2) From the beginning, it is obvious that both⤵️
the US and Germany want to reassure Ukraine by adding all the security concerns regarding Russia (Russian aggression, evil influence, Minsk Agreements, Normandy format). 3) However, the conventional security problems related to Russia seem slightly disconnected from the energy⤵️
aspects that remain in the agreement. 4) The disconnect is felt with the paragraph on joint efforts between the US and Germany to combat climate change. It separates the paragraph on Russia and the conventional insecurities and energy threats related to Russia.⤵️
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The text of the US-Germany statement on #Nordstream2 has been published! This is still far from a done deal as it is still contingent on Ukraine's consent and it doesn't look good (more below). Key points of and few thoughts on the announced framework:…
The discussion on NS2 is embedded in a much broader framework, incl. security concerns and climate change, than it was originally discussed. It starts with a strong emphasis on security element: "to push back against Russian aggression and malign activities in Ukraine & beyond."
Both US and Germany are ready to resort to new sanctions if Russia attempt to use energy as a weapon or commit further aggressive acts against Ukraine. Curbing Russian export capabilities to Europe in the energy sector isn't limited to gas and could include other relevant sectors
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#NordStream2: After all, the US and Germany were expected to find a common language. The agreement between the two that is about to be published offers some ideas on how to make almost everyone happy, but not Ukraine. Here are some thoughts that on this issue: ⤵️
1) The US and Germany have their own strategic interests that they don't want to give up. Although Ukraine is not abandoned, its interests are not replacing the national interests of the US and Germany. That is the crude geopolitical reality that we have to take into account.⤵️
2) The agreement between the US & Germany speaks of billions of investments in the green economy, aimed at reducing Ukraine's largely inefficient energy sector. More efficiency would mean less dependence on the energy field. That makes sense, but the problem is not pure energy⤵️
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#NordStream2: What the German government will sell as a diplomatic success is a compromise at the expense of Ukraine & the climate. It starts with the fact that negotiations were conducted over the heads of Ukraine, against whom the project is aimed. /1…
Ukraine, Poland and other European critics of #NordStream2 are left to accept a fait accompli. The #Ukraine will be resigned to non-binding declarations of intent and financial consolations. /2
#NordStream2 was a geopolitical project from the start. It gives the Kremlin a free hand to increase political and military pressure on #Ukraine without jeopardizing the gas deal with the EU. The deal with Washington leaves this flank completely open. /3
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#NordStream2: Was die Bundesregierung als Erfolg feiert, ist ein "Kompromiss" zu Lasten der Ukraine und des Klimas. Es fängt damit an, dass über die Köpfe der Ukraine hinweg verhandelt wurde, gegen die das Projekt zielt. Das ist mieser Stil. /1…
Der Ukraine, Polen und den anderen europäischen Kritikern von #NordStream2 bleibt nur noch, ein fait accompli zu akzeptieren. Die #Ukraine wird mit unverbindlichen Absichtserklärungen und finanziellen Trostpflastern abgefunden. /2
Die Gasversorgung der #Ukraine soll gesichert, darüber hinaus in Energieeffizienz + erneuerbare Energien investiert werden. Die Summen sind überschaubar. Für die angestrebte Fortsetzung des russischen Gastransits durch Ukraine + Polen gibt es weder Garantien noch Bedarf. /3
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The U.S. will drop its longstanding opposition to Nord Stream 2 under a deal that German officials see as a diplomatic victory, but which is likely to displease some western allies… via @WSJ
German officials rejected a U.S. demand to include a so-called kill-switch for NordStream2 that would've enabled halting gas flows. German negotiators argued that such state interference in a privately owned project could be the target of a legal challenge…
The deal was delayed to avoid eclipsing Merkel’s farewell visit to the WhiteHouse, according to officials close to the negotiations. Merkel has made the completion of the pipeline a signal achievement marking the close of her political career…
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➡️ Folowing the ECJ's decision, it'll be difficult for Nord Stream & #NordStream2 to be ran at full capacity, simultaneously.
The combined capacity of OPAL, EUGAL & NEL is not sufficient to allow NS1 & NS2 to operate at full capacity #ONGT
That would hamper larger diversion +
from Ukraine and Yamal routes as up to 28 bcm might not be shipped via NS1 and NS2.
It's a decision that could potentially impact the pattern of Gazprom's supplies to Europe : not only regarding the utilization/choice of routes, but also the delivery points , which could be +
at the start of NS2, EUGAL and OPAL, in order to allow access to third parties

➡️ Equally important for the pattern of Gazprom's supplies to Europe, and potentially for its operation model will be the judgement on the ongoing litigation of Nord Stream 2 AG in relation with +
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In opening comment, @POTUS offers condolences to #Germany for the deadly flooding.
Covered a wide range of issues in today's discussions with Chancellor Merkel, says @POTUS.
We'll speak up when we see #China or any other country working to undermine democratic societies, says @POTUS, also mentioning the sovereignty of #Ukraine and "Russian aggression."
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📌 In the midst of Germany-US negotiations on NS2 , and ahead of : i) Merkel's meeting with Biden ; ii)announcement of imminent completion of pipeline (late August)

➡️How could #NordStream2 be leveraged in the context of low gas inventories ? #ONGT… + Image
A view from Deutsche Welle
"Either grant an operating license for Nord Stream 2 (...) or face major gas supply problems during the winters".

And a view from Russia's state news agency Novosti, quoted by DW ⬇️

"Russia withholds its supplies (...) to accustom Western partners + Image
to the obvious idea : guaranteeing their own security of supply is only possible in close partnership with Russia"

➡️ Meanwhile, Ukraine considers that "the only acceptable option" to compensate it for the launch of NS2 is a new gas transit contract +…
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Je mehr sein Rückhalt in #Russland schwindet, desto mehr setzt #Putin auf Konfrontation mit dem Westen und eine aggressive Haltung gegenüber der Ukraine. Das Regime setzt sich damit unter Zugzwang, den Worten auch Taten folgen zu lassen.
Qed: Putins neuer Namensartikel bestreitet die nationale Eigenständigkeit der Ukraine („nur eine weitere russische Grenzregion“). Er stellt Russland in die Tradition des zaristischen & sowjetischen Imperiums. Das ist eine Drohung. Berlin & Brüssel sollten sie ernst nehmen. /2
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Great @AmbDanFried is a top-notch expert on Central & Eastern Europe so it’s no surprise that he called attention to the “Declaration of Joint European Heritage and Common Values” (the Vilnius Declaration) signed by the FMs🇱🇹🇵🇱🇺🇦(Text here:…) Thread 1/20
2) The Vilnius Declaration goes beyond political symbolism - an act of political homage paid to the republican, democratic, and freedom traditions of the ancient Commonwealth. The signatories see it a driving force of today's political cooperation of 🇱🇹-🇵🇱-🇺🇦. Image
3) It's a revolutionary document, that can be regarded as a symbolic turning point foretelling the end of an ongoing 150 year process of nationalizing the past by Lithuanians, Poles & Ukrainians, an unavoidable phase for any nation&state building process.…
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„Wir brauchen die USA“, sagte Bundeswirtschaftsminister Altmaier (@peteraltmaier, @CDU) vor seinem Treffen mit US-Präsident Biden (@POTUS). Die USA und Europa hätten gemeinsame Interessen und müssten gemeinsame geopolitische Strategien entwickeln, so Altmaier im Deutschlandfunk.
Der Einsatz für Klimaneutralität auf beiden Seiten des Atlantiks dürfe nicht dazu führen, dass wichtige Industrien beispielsweise im Stahlbereich oder in der Chemie in andere Länder verlagert würden, wo die Umweltauflagen lascher seien, so Altmaier.
Das Thema #nordstream2 wolle man bis August gelöst haben. „Dabei geht es um die Vermeidung von Abhängigkeiten und der Sicherung der Energieversorgung“, so Altmaier. Man müsse hier die vitalen Interessen der Ukraine und der Nachbarn Deutschlands und Russlands berücksichtigen.
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1. IMO #NordStream2 is the big issue at G7 and Merkel does not look happy. White House invite may be meant as a peace offering. Biden's embrace of progressive policies including action on climate may give him support with Germany's Greens who are clearly on the rise to power.
2. Germany's Greens and current Democratic policy goals are very much in line: End Coal and end Nord Stream II. Somebody just needs convince @JoeBiden they call themselves the Greens out of solidarity with the Irish. 😎…
3. I think a decision to put #NortdStream2 on hold pending Russia's return to democratic principals would be the right approach. It makes the coming elections in Russia a referendum on Putin and his authoritarian police state. Make him simply steal the election like his
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[WĄTĘK] Ilość nieprawdziwych informacji i półprawd o #BalticPipe i korespondującymi z nim wiadomościami o #NordStream2 i samej postawie 🇩🇰 wymaga wyjaśnienia.
W kwietniu 2017 roku Duńska Agencja Energii otrzymała od spółki @NordStream2 wniosek o wydanie zgody na budowę gazociągu o tej samej nazwie po dnie Morza Bałtyckiego na odcinku przebiegającym przez wyłączne wody terytorialne Danii. #NordStream2
W listopadzie 2017 r., Parlament 🇩🇰 przyjęła ustawę, która zezwala rządowi na odrzucanie projektów rurociągów ze względu na zastrzeżenia dotyczące bezpieczeństwa lub polityki zagranicznej. Cały czas chodzi o morze terytorialne, gdzie jurysdykcja państwa jest większa niż w EEZ.
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Update #NordStream2 .
Der erste Strang der Pipeline ist fertig.
Der zweite Strang ist noch im Bau.
Das und noch einiges mehr erklärte gestern Putin auf dem Petersburger Wirtschaftsforum.
Hier das entsprechende Video mit DEU Untertiteln.
Im Thread noch weitere Ausschnitte👇
Des weiteren gab Putin zu verstehen, wie nun der Zeitplan für die Vollendung des Projektes aussehen wird.
Etwa 2 Monate wird man noch für den zweiten Strang brauchen.
Dann 10 Tage für die Finalisierung des Baus.
Am Ende wird der Ball auf der deutschen Seite liegen.
Zugleich teilte er gegen @Die_Gruenen aus.
DEU braucht Gas.
Die Grünen wollen es von USA als LNG bekommen.
Dabei ist das LNG-Frackinggas extrem umweltschädlich.
Was den Transit durch die Ukraine angeht, erklärte Putin, dass Russland niemanden "durchfüttern" müsse.
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Die Herren im Kreml müssen recht nervös sein, wenn sie in unseren Aktivitäten "eine Gefahr für die verfassungsmäßige Ordnung Russlands" sehen. Das zielt vermutlich auch auf unsere Kritik an #NordStream2. Ein persönlicher Zwischenruf, emotionaler als sonst.
Man kann unsere Verbannung aus Russland als Auszeichnung werten. Aber es bleibt bitter, dass damit jede Zusammenarbeit mit uns unter Strafe gestellt wird, russische Autor/innen nicht mehr für uns schreiben können und laufende Projekte abgebrochen werden müssen. /2
Der Kreml will die russische Zivilgesellschaft von internationaler Unterstützung abschneiden. Repression nach innen und Isolierung nach außen, sowjetische Verhältnisse. #Unerwünscht /3
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Update #NordStream2 .
In Kurz:
- In Russland beginnen die ersten Durchlauftests für die Pipeline,
- Selenski fürchtet den Verlust von 3 Mrd$ Transiteinnahmen und fordert wieder den Stopp des Baus,
- Polen fordern von Deutschland Entschädigung wegen NS2.
Details im Thread 👇
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Russ. Beamte teilten mit, #NordStream2 sei nun "auf der Zielgeraden".
Ab nächste Woche sollen in RUS die ersten Durchlauftests für die Pipelineinfrastruktur beginnen.
Einzelne Objekte sollen im Testmodus hochgefahren werden, um den Gastransit nach Deutschland vorzubereiten.
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Derweil hat Selenski wieder den Stopp des Baus gefordert.
Seine Stellungnahmen wirkten fast schon wie ein Betteln.
Er erklärte, dass die #Ukraine allein durch den Wegfall der Transiteinnahmen 3 Mrd. $ pro Jahr verlieren werde.
Das Geld werde vor allem in der Armee fehlen.
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„Wir ziehen überhaupt nicht in Erwägung, auf militärische Gewalt mit militärischer Gewalt zu reagieren. Was uns bleibt, ist der Ausdruck des Nicht-Akzeptierens und das wird durch die Wirtschaftssanktionen getan“, sagt @n_roettgen (@CDU) im Deutschlandfunk mit Blick auf #Russland.
„Es ist ein unbestrittener Sachverhalt, dass die Russen nukleare Mittelstreckenraketen an der Westgrenze stationiert haben, mit der jede europäische Hauptstadt vernichtet werden kann“, warnt @n_roettgen (@CDU), Vorsitzender des Auswärtigen Ausschusses im Bundestag. #Russland
„Nicht ein einziger Fehler, den die Europäer und der Westen gemacht haben, rechtfertigt, dass Wladimir Putin Krieg innerhalb und außerhalb Europas führt“, sagt @CDU-Politiker @n_roettgen im Deutschlandfunk.
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1/1: Excellent essay! I would add, first, that a part of this argument could be extended to others than West German #millennials, i.e. to all those for whom #1989 and the #ColdWar were not such big deals.
@ecfr @ECFRPower @dgapev @GSPSipo @Sicherheitspod…
2/2: Second, regarding Eastern Europe, during the last ten years, #NordStream 1 has been a bigger cognitive and geopolitical problem than #NordStream2 whose geopolitical dimension is now, at least, partly understood - even by some #Germanmillennials.
@Konflikt_Sicher @TerekMedia
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1/8: Do not expect Berlin (Merkel et al) to allow any EU v. Belarus/Russia sanctions to limit its energy alliance with Moscow (e.g., #Nordstream2). Rather: given Berlin’s Russia geostrategy, Lukashenko’s #BelarusHighjacking (like Putin’s #alexeinavalny
2/8: poisoning, #Ukraine invasions, gas crises, cyber-attacks, etc.) only FORTIFY Berlin’s rationale for partnering on #Nordstream2. One must take #ChncellorMerkel’s & German political and business elites’ words & deeds seriously: Preserving Germany’s
3/8: commercial-geopolitical gas alliance with Putin to (i) replace #Ukraine/ #Belarus/ #Poland transit and (ii) make Germany #Gazprom’s new gas hub into Europe is not an “error in judgement;” but Berlin’s conscious, deeply held GEOSTRATEGY. That is:
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🇺🇸#USA 🇩🇪#Germany 🇷🇺#Russia #WashingtonDC #NorthStream2 #NordStream2 #SANCTIONS

In its most recent report, released under the Protecting Europe's Energy Security Act (PEESA), the US State Department listed four vessels and five individuals, including Nord Stream 2 AG and
its CEO Matthias Warnig, as having been involved in the construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. They will now be subject to US sanctions, as required by PEESA. Furthermore, 9 vessels will be allocated because they are owned or
operated by the Federal State Budgetary Institution Marine Rescue Service, which was also stated in the report. However, the Secretary of State announced that the sanctions on Mr. Warnig, Nord Stream 2, and its corporate officers will be waived due to national security concerns.
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"The trend is clear" on declining unemployment claims, according to @PressSec.
US "doing everything we can to bring an end to the conflict" between #Israel and #Hamas, says @PressSec. "We've now held more than 80 engagements" with leaders in the region.
"I would caution you against disproving a negative there," replies @PressSec when asked what evidence the @WhiteHouse has that #COVID19 did not originate in a lab (in #China).
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