Europe’s Reduced Reliance on Russian Energy Impacts Nord Stream 2 Plans

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Sources have reported that Russia will be sealing the Nord pipelines, as there are no immediate plans to repair the pipes ruptured by unexplained detonations last fall, nor reactivate them. The pipelines will be mothballed, as to prevent corrosion from the Baltic Sea in case the streams will be reactivated in the future. Russia recently proposed to restart the Nord Stream 2, but Germany, already intent on their independence from Russian energy, declined. Poland has also stopped buying Russian gas. In response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, many European countries have significantly reduced their reliance on Russian energy, which has led to a halt in Russia’s plans to build additional supply lines.

There have been differing views on who is responsible for the damage to the Nord pipelines in September 2022. Moscow has stated that the West is responsible, but has not provided any evidence to support this claim. The United States has dismissed the accusation as fiction, while other countries including Denmark, Germany, and Sweden are conducting investigations into the incident. As of now, no conclusions have been reached. The blasts came shortly after Russia halted production under claims of maintenance in August of 2022, though they did not reactivate the pipeline within the timeline they had initially promised.

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