Russia & CIS

Germany Winding Down Sanctions-Busting Pipeline Foundation

The commercial arm of the foundation was run by an individual appointed by Nord Stream 2 AG, whose identity is not known, and its operations were and remain a secret, despite being housed within a public foundation.

BP Dumping Stake in Russia's Rosneft in Up to $25 Billion Hit

BP is abandoning its stake in Russian oil giant Rosneft, marking the most significant move yet by a Western company in response to Moscow's invasion of Ukraine.

Ukraine: Russian Troops Blow Up Gas Pipeline in Kharkiv

Ukraine said Russian troops have blown up a natural gas pipeline in the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv, but Gazprom says flows to Europe are unaffected.

Yamal-Europe Gas Pipeline Reverses After Some Westbound Flows

Russia's Yamal-Europe gas pipeline switched back into reverse mode on Sunday morning, resuming supplies from Germany to Poland after short intermittent westbound flows overnight, data from German network operator Gascade showed.

US Slaps Sanctions on Company Building Nord Stream 2

President Joe Biden said on Wednesday the United States would impose sanctions on the company in charge of building Russia's Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, expanding penalties on Moscow after it recognized two breakaway regions in eastern Ukraine.

Qatar: 'Almost Impossible' to Quickly Replace Russian Gas Supplies

Neither Qatar nor any other single country has the capacity to replace Russian gas supplies to Europe with LNG in the event of disruption due to a conflict between Russia and Ukraine, Qatar's energy minister said on Tuesday.

Factbox: Europe's Options in Case of Russian Gas Disruption

Europe relies on Russia for around 40% of its natural gas. What are the region's options in the event that Russian gas deliveries are suspended or pipeline flows are impacted by war damage?

Germany Freezes Nord Stream 2 Gas Project as Ukraine Crisis Deepens

The pipeline had been set to ease the pressure on European consumers facing record energy prices amid a post-pandemic cost of living crisis, and on governments that have already forked out billions to try to cushion the impact on consumers.

Russian Gas Exports to Europe Unaffected by Ukraine Pipeline Blast

Russian gas supplies to Europe were not affected after part of a gas pipeline near Luhansk in eastern Ukraine caught fire late on Friday, a Ukrainian gas official said.

Russia Ready to Re-Route Gas Flows if Hit by Sanctions

Russia would be ready to re-route supplies to other markets should new Western sanctions target its energy sector, finance minister Anton Siluanov said on Wednesday.

EU Likely to Intensify Fact-Finding on Gazprom - Source

EU antitrust regulators are likely to intensify information gathering on Gazprom's European businesses, said a person familiar with the regulator's thinking, amid Europe's gas supply crisis.

Austria Resists Including Nord Stream 2 in EU Package of Russia Sanctions

Austria is sticking with its opposition to including the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline in a package of sanctions against Moscow that the European Union is preparing in the event Russia invades Ukraine, Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg said.

How German Fund Set Out to Help Russia Dodge Pipeline Sanctions

A German politician set up a state-backed foundation with Russian energy company Gazprom last year to help Moscow avoid U.S. sanctions on a pipeline due to carry Russian gas to Europe.

Czech Minister: Putin Gave Europe 'Gift' as Gas Crisis Showed Alternatives Exist

LNG shipments to Europe late last year showed Russia could not use gas as great leverage over Europe, and the gas shortfall supported efforts to build more LNG capacity on European shores, Czech Foreign Minister Jan Lipavsky said on Wednesday.

Japan to Divert LNG to Europe Amid Russia-Ukraine Tensions

Japan will divert some LNG cargoes to Europe after requests from the United States and the European Union, the industry minister said on Wednesday, a step that aligns the country with the West as tensions flare with Russia.

Russia May Use Field Hit by U.S. sanctions for Gas Exports to China

Russian gas giant Gazprom may tap a field hit by U.S. sanctions off the Pacific island of Sakhalin to provide China with gas under a recently signed deal, sources and analysts said on Tuesday.

Russia's 2021 Gas Exports via Nord Stream Continue Record High

Russia's natural gas exports to Germany via the Nord Stream pipeline crossing the Baltic Sea totaled 59.2 Bcm in 2021, its operator said on Monday, in line with record volumes a year earlier.

Putin Hails $118B of China Deals as Russia Squares Off with West

President Vladimir Putin unveiled new Russian oil and gas deals with China worth an estimated $117.5 billion on Friday, promising to ramp up Russia's Far East exports at a time of heightened tension with European customers over Ukraine.

EU Eyes More Azeri Gas Amid High Bills and Tight Russian Supplies

The European Union is seeking more natural gas from Azerbaijan, an EU official said on Friday, as Europe grapples with high energy bills and tight deliveries from Russia, its main supplier of fuel, which has been at loggerheads with the West over Ukraine.

Russia, China May Sign Energy Deals Amid Moscow Tensions with West

Russian President Vladimir Putin may seek to deepen energy ties with China during a meeting with leader Xi Jinping this week while attending the Winter Olympics this week in Beijing.

Eastbound Gas Flows Resume on Russian Yamal-Europe Pipeline

Gas flows from Germany to Poland resumed on Wednesday evening via the Russian Yamal-Europe pipeline, which usually sends Russian gas westwards into Europe, data from German network operator Gascade showed.

Blow to Gazprom Critics as EU Court Upholds Antitrust Settlement

Gazprom's critics suffered a blow on Wednesday when an EU court upheld a 2018 decision that let the Russian gas giant settle an antitrust investigation without paying a fine.

Yamal Pipeline Gas Halts After Hints of Westbound Flows

Natural gas supplies between Poland and Germany via the Russian Yamal-Europe pipeline came to a halt on Wednesday, dashing expectations it was about to pump gas west for the first time since December.

Yamal Gas Pipeline Set to Resume Westbound Flows to Germany

Russian gas giant Gazprom was set to resume westbound gas flows from Poland to Germany on Tuesday via the Yamal pipeline, restoring the normal flows after the route was reversed in December and sent gas prices in Europe to all-time highs.

EU Says Russia's Nord Stream 2 Pipeline on Hold for Compliance Review

European Commission Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis said Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline has been put on hold and the Commission is looking into the project's compliance with Europe's energy policy.

Eastward Yamal Gas Flows from Germany to Poland Steady

Gas flows from Germany to Poland via the Yamal-Europe pipeline were steady over the weekend and on Monday morning, data showed.

Eastward Yamal Gas Flows from Germany to Poland Increase

Gas flows from Germany to Poland via the Yamal-Europe pipeline, which usually sends Russian gas westward into Europe, increased on Friday.

Nothing Off the Table, EU Responds to Question on Halting Nord Stream 2

The gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 could be halted should Russia invade Ukraine, EU Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen signaled.

Eastward Yamal Gas Flows from Germany to Poland Decline Further

Gas flows from Germany to Poland via the Yamal-Europe pipeline, which usually sends Russian gas westward into Europe, fell on Thursday morning, data showed.

US State Dept Says Nord Stream 2 Will Not Move Forward if Russia Invades Ukraine

U.S. State Department spokesperson Ned Price said the Nord Stream 2 pipeline between Russia and Germany will not move forward if Russia invades Ukraine.