US Sanctions Nord Stream 2

The Nord stream 2 pipeline is an ongoing project linking Russian natural gas to Europe, and is the extension of the original Nord stream Pipeline that was successfully constructed in 2011.

The project which runs parallel to the original pipe was intended to bring a further 55 billion cubic meters of gas per year to the European market in order to quench its gas demands, from home cooking to home heating and beyond.

In order to stop the Russians gaining access a huge energy market, and hence to dampen the effects of a trade war, the stalling tactics used by the US to halt the Russians in the form of sanctions, is essentially a use of soft power, but one has to question the legality of the act. 

Can the US in fact legally block the Russians form building the Nord stream Pipeline, and hence gain an advantage in this new Cold War?

Here at Economic Divide, we contacted the Nord stream 2 Project to ask their views on the US sanctions, and asked them to explain how this would affect the European gas supplies.

Their official spokesperson, Jens Mueller stated the following: We also ask the Nord stream 2 project as to whether they thought the Nord stream 2 pipeline was legal, or whether this was in fact a breach of international law. It seems that the Nord stream point of view is very much in line with those of the like of Angela Merkel, and hence raises the question as to whether the US are once again acting illegally when it comes to blocking the notion of free trade.

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