Russia & CIS

Nord Stream 2 Registers German Subsidiary, Certification Still Suspended

The operator of the Russian Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline has registered a subsidiary for the German part of the pipeline to meet German regulatory requirements, though certification for the project remains suspended by Berlin.

Russian LNG Vessel Back in Baltic Amid Tensions Over Ukraine, Gas Supplies

The ship ensures Kaliningrad, which is separated from Russia's mainland and sandwiched between Poland and Lithuania, can receive gas even if there are disruptions to pipelines running through Lithuania.

Eastward Yamal Gas Flows from Germany to Poland Decline

Gas flows from Germany to Poland via the Yamal-Europe pipeline, which usually sends Russian gas west into Europe, have declined, data showed on Tuesday morning.

Explainer: Nord Stream 2 Russian Gas Pipeline's Long Wait for Approval

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said Germany may consider halting the pipeline if Russia attacks Ukraine, reflecting growing political pressure on the Gazprom-led project.

Eastward Yamal Gas Flows from Germany to Poland Rise

Gas flows from Germany to Poland via the Yamal-Europe pipeline, which usually sends Russian gas west into Europe, have risen from the weekend.

Eastward Yamal Gas Flows Decline from Germany to Poland

The pipeline link between Poland and Germany has been operating in reverse mode since Dec. 21, putting upward pressure on European gas prices.

In Ukraine Crisis, Germany Faces Tough Decisions Over Gas Pipeline

Chancellor Olaf Scholz would face pressure from allies to respond to any invasion by stopping the Nord Stream 2 pipeline from Russia to Germany going into operation.

Eastward Flows Rise on Yamal-Europe Gas Pipeline

The Kremlin said on Wednesday the fact no gas was being shipped through Nord Stream 2 was bad for gas consumers and economic development during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Germany Could Halt Pipeline if Russia Attacks Ukraine, Scholz Signals

Germany may consider halting the Nord Stream 2 pipeline if Russia attacks Ukraine, Chancellor Olaf Scholz signaled on Tuesday, as pressure grew on his government to take a more hawkish stance on the Kremlin.

Germany Cannot Rule Out Nord Stream 2 as Means of Pressure, Says Foreign Policy Expert

Germany cannot rule out using the Nord Stream 2 pipeline as a means of pressure against the Kremlin in case of further Russian aggression towards Ukraine.

Russia's Gazprom Has No Europe Gas Exports via Yamal Pipeline Planned Next Month

Gazprom said pipeline exports of Russian gas have tumbled 41% from a year ago so far in January, underlining the impact of a reversal in the Yamal-Europe pipeline.

Saudi-Polish Deal Dents Russian Oil Dominance in Baltic

Saudi Arabia’s planned purchase of Polish refining assets is set to put OPEC's top producer in charge of two thirds of Poland's oil supply, eroding previously dominant supplier Russia's leverage.

Russia Urges European Union, Germany to Not Delay Nord Stream 2

Russia on Monday urged Germany and the European Union not to drag its feet over certification of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, which has become a focal point in political disputes.

Yamal Gas Pipeline Flows Eastward from Germany to Poland for 27th Day Running

The Yamal-Europe pipeline, which usually sends Russian gas west into Europe, flowed east from Germany to Poland for a 27th successive day on Sunday.

Gas Flows Reversed Eastward via Yamal Pipeline for 25th Day

The Yamal-Europe pipeline, which usually sends Russian gas west into Europe, flowed east from Germany to Poland for a 25th successive day on Friday, data from German network operator Gascade showed.

Cruz's Nord Stream 2 Sanctions Bill Fails to Pass in US Senate

The U.S. Senate failed to pass a bill to slap sanctions on Russia's Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline sponsored by Republican Senator Ted Cruz, a day after Democrats unveiled their own legislation.

Gazprom Quizzed on High Energy Prices, EU's Vestager Says

The EU's anti-trust chief said she asked gas companies including Gazprom about tight supplies after accusations the Russian giant was holding back extra production.

Gas Flows Reversed Eastward via Russian Yamal Pipeline for 24th Day

The Yamal-Europe pipeline, which usually sends Russian gas west into Europe, saw flows move east from Germany to Poland for the 24th day on Thursday, data from German network operator Gascade showed.

Russia Undermining European Gas Supply Amid Ukraine Standoff, IEA Says

Russia is contributing to an undersupply of natural gas to Europe, the head of the International Energy Agency Fatih Birol said on Wednesday.

Gas Flows on Yamal-Europe Pipeline Continue to Move Eastward

The Yamal-Europe pipeline, which usually sends Russian gas west into Europe, instead flowed east from Germany to Poland for the 23rd day on Wednesday.

Potential Russian Invasion of Ukraine Could Kill Off Nord Stream 2, US Says

Moscow's behavior towards Ukraine will play a crucial role in the fate of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, the United States said on Wednesday.

Gas Flows Reversed Eastward via Russian Yamal Pipeline for 22nd Day

The Yamal-Europe pipeline, which usually sends Russian gas west into Europe, instead flowed east from Germany to Poland for the 22nd day on Tuesday.

Climate-Fueled Permafrost Thaw Threatens Up to Half of Arctic Infrastructure

From satellite imagery, scientists estimate at least 120,000 buildings, 40,000 km (24,850 miles) of roads, and 9,500 km (5,900 miles) of pipelines could be at risk.

US Senators Say Cruz Sanctions on Nord Stream 2 Could Harm Relations with Germany

Several Democratic senators said they believe sanctions on Russia's Nord Stream 2 pipeline backed by Republican Senator Ted Cruz could harm relations with Germany.

Worrying About Moving More Swiftly than Usual

In January 2020, Russia’s government approved a number of acts concerned with rendering new economic benefits and subsidies to businesses or investors willing to engage in projects in the country’s High North.

Russia Making Moves Affecting the Arctic’s Hydrocarbon Future

This is Part 2 of PGJ's article on Russia’s moves under its Strategic Development Act. The strategy gives particular significance to Murmansk Oblast, emphasizing a broad range of complex and multifaceted transformative measures targeting this province.

German Social Democratic Party Official Defends Pro-Nord Stream 2 Policy

The Nord Stream 2 pipeline to bring Russian gas to Germany should not be mixed up with political and human rights disputes with Moscow, a senior official from the Social Democratic Party said.

Gas Prices Rise as Russian Pipeline Stays in Reverse After Three Weeks

A pipeline that usually sends gas from Russia to Europe was stuck in reverse after three weeks on Monday, pushing up prices in Europe at a time of political tension.

Gas Flows Eastward via Russian Yamal Pipeline for 18th Day, Volume Eases

The Yamal-Europe pipeline was flowing east from Germany to Poland on Friday for an 18th successive day, albeit at marginally lower levels than on Thursday.

US Worried Nord Stream 2 Sanction Plan by Cruz Would Undermine United Front

The State Department is worried that a vote to slap sanctions on the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline would undermine the united front in response to Russia.