U.S. - NORD STREAM SANCTIONS
OGJ - The European Union should use tools it has already instead of calling for US sanctions to resist the Russian-backed 746-mile Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline, one speaker suggested at a June 25 Atlantic Council discussion about Central and Eastern Europe's 21st Century energy needs.
Sandra Oudkirk, deputy assistant secretary for energy diplomacy at the US Department of State, confirmed that the Trump administration has received several requests to sanction the proposed Gazprom-sponsored pipeline that would extend from Russia beneath the Baltic Sea to Germany.
"But we believe there are still significant tools within the EU which can be used and should be considered," Oudkirk said. "I think people ask for US sanctions because they think Nord Stream 2 is a done deal. It's not. There are still levers available to the EU."
Completing more reversible pipeline interconnections within Europe also is important, Oudkirk and other speakers emphasized. "Our first goal is to finish the North-South Corridor," said Pal Sagvari, Hungary's ambassador at large for energy security. "The Krk Island LNG terminal is back on track and negotiations are going well. It's not commercially viable yet but has strong national support."
The Central European Energy Union has identified projects to support that would ensure that assets and supplies would not be stranded, Sagvari said.
Ambassador Dusan Matuley, director general for economic cooperation in the Slovak Republic's Foreign and European Affairs Ministry, said his country also wants to be a constructive player in the North-South Gas Corridor connecting an LNG terminal in Poland; the Baltic Pipeline through Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia; and the proposed Krk Island LNG terminal in Croatia.
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