‘Unfair competition’: Moscow blasts US move to enable sanctioning of Nord Stream 2 and TurkStream pipelines

Warning! This article contains Russian propaganda and plenty of whining.

The US’ decision to remove sanctions exemption for the two pipelines under construction to deliver gas to Europe and Turkey is a textbook example of “unfair competition” through political means, Moscow has said.

The move, which allows the further sanctioning of Russian natural gas projects, has clearly shown the “weakness of the American system,” Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Wednesday.

“This is the use of political pressure for sake of unfair competition,” Zakharova stated. “Except for raw power, they don’t have any effective tools.”

Earlier in the day, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the decision to lift a provision that exempted the pipelines from the 2017 anti-Russian sanctions package, and threatened investors with consequences.

“It’s a clear warning to companies that aiding and abetting Russian malign influence projects will not be tolerated. Get out now or risk the consequences,” Pompeo said.

The legislation, known officially as the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), has been designed to ‘punish’ Russia for its alleged activities, such as a claimed interference with the 2016 US presidential election.

Washington has been particularly displeased with the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, repeatedly claiming the multinational business project is actually a sneaky Russian tool to gain political sway in Europe.

The US itself has been actively lobbying European countries to buy its liquefied natural gas (LNG) instead of Russian pipeline gas. While American LNG has, unsurprisingly, turned out to be significantly pricier than the Russian product, the US insists that Western countries should still buy it, and even in all seriousness called it “freedom gas.”

The most recent action against the Nord Stream 2 pipeline was taken by Washington in December, when it disrupted the construction of the project in Danish waters when it was only some 90 miles short of completion. This month, however, Denmark approved a petition that gives the company building the pipeline a technical workaround to the US sanctions, and the works might restart as early as next month.

Another project mentioned by Pompeo, the TurkStream pipeline, is ultimately intended for the European market as well. The first part of the pipeline, connecting Russia and Turkey, was launched early this year, and it is expected to continue further into southern Europe. Its route will likely to go through Bulgaria, Serbia and Hungary, ending in the Baumgarten gas hub near Vienna.

(c) Kremlin Today


  • The move, which allows the further sanctioning of Russian natural gas projects, has clearly shown the “weakness of the American system,” Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Wednesday.

    The American system is powerful enough to destroy Russia if they so wished, and could have done if the US had not had a succession of POTUS very reluctant to hammer the dwarf.

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  • FOAD Zakharova.

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    • “…American LNG has, unsurprisingly, turned out to be significantly pricier than the Russian product…”
      But there are many other factors to consider. Foremost is funding a fascist machine in Moscow. LNG is 1/600th the size of natural gas. It is easily portable and can reach remote destinations. It doesn’t need a direct pipeline. It can be stored very efficiently and it comes from a reliable, free and safe market. Much unlike the Malign gas station in Moskovia that uses it as a political weapon.

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      • I believe much of American LNG is fracked, despite enormous pressure from Marxists/climate activists (or scum as I prefer to call them). This means that a future Dem/Marxist administration might put the kibosh on fracking.
        Therefore it is essential that Ukraine starts fracking ASAP.

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        • Slightly off topic, but what the hell is going on with the intelligence committee? The guy who got nominated for the chair has the Tory whip removed for allegedly working with labour. The new chair says the Russian report will be released in the next few days, but it seems some people in government were trying hard to stop it being released.

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          • Labour was the kremlin party under JeremIRA CorbLenin. But no doubt the putinazis covered their options and got a few moles into the Tories; by honeytrap, compromat or cash.

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        • Absolutely. Natural gas is no longer just a byproduct of oil production. It used to be wasted and now its harnessed for use. The Kremlin claims of high prices are exclusive and myopic in my opinion. I think there would be a ton of foreign investment in Ukraine if she could regain control of the Crimea.

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            • Fortunately this guy has no connection to Ukraine. He is a born and bred American.

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              • You can be sure that kremkrapper outlets in the US such as the above one, Breitbart, infowars etc, are always on the lookout for stories like this that will blacken Ukraine just by virtue of the guy’s antecedents. Don’t forget these sites hate Ukraine.

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            • I’m not convinced he is Ukrainian but I am convinced he’s probably never even been to Ukraine. Even then, Ukraine doesn’t create any garbage? Not even Yanukobytch? Medvedchuk? Is commenting on certain people like this Marxist out of bounds? If someone criticizes Marxist trash from Ukraine or anywhere then they have to be blacklisted?
              I don’t know anything about Gateway Pundit, Info Wars or Brightbart but I do know that if something is 1% bad it doesn’t mean it is trash. And you, Sir Scradge, constantly defend the constantly debunked WashPo and NY Times?
              I read this article and this man that you are defending told a very fine Senator to F*ck Off after she said the BLM leadership were trained Marxists….even as they claimed that themselves.


              • I read those terrible websites as a public service so you don’t have to! But check them out if you can bear it! You almost completely misunderstood what I said redders. The Parkhomenko guy is a piece of shit. Where did I defend him? I merely pointed out that the many putlerite news outlets in the US are constantly on the lookout for stories like this that blacken Ukraine and he gave them one purely because his name ends in ‘enko’. You say you don’t know about infowars, Gateway and Breitbart yet you think that only 1% of their output is trash? That doesn’t make sense man! You surely know who owns infowars: Alex Jones? You must surely know he hates Ukraine, is friendly with trump and has spent the last 12 years praising putler and telling lies about his victims?
                The owner of Breitbart is another dedicated putlerite and trump man : Bannon.
                I already told you about other terrible trumputin shills : Michael Savage, Laura Ingraham and Tucker Carlson. The latter two both work for Fox and have their own Putinoid websites. Carlson in particular has such a huge fan base that GOP strategists want him to run for them in 2024. He is the one who is ‘rooting’ for Russia. An evil bastard in other words.
                Re the Wapo, it is anti-Trump and pro-Ukraine. The NYT runs both pro and anti-Ukraine stuff. Name any pro-trump outlet that supports Ukraine? There is not even one.

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                • lol…I think we’re both creative but in our different ways. Glad you’re on our side, you’d be a difficult RTroll. ;))

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                  • We are on the same side redders old chap. Unfortunately there are no hard core Trumpoids who support Ukraine and oppose putlerstan. Except you and a few other decent people. The fact that you must accept is that it is trump who has created the hostility in US media to Ukraine and the support; tacit or blatant in the case of the people I named, of putlerstan. The GOP as a whole is anti-putler, but the trumpoids are pro.

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