How U.S. Sanctions May Affect Nord Stream 2 Russian Gas Project

How U.S. Sanctions May Affect Nord Stream 2 Russian Gas Project

US President Donald Trump imposed sanctions last week on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline designed by Moscow to bypass Ukraine and increase gas supplies via the Baltic Sea to Germany, Russia’s biggest energy customer. The United States wants to sell more of its gas to Europe and has said the pipeline would make the continent too reliant on Russia, which is at loggerheads with Washington over a series of issues, including Moscow’s interference in Ukraine. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, however, said on Monday (23 December) that the pipeline would…

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Turkish parliament is preparing a bill allowing the sending of troops to Libya

Turkish parliament is preparing a bill allowing the sending of troops to Libya

Turkey may need to draft a bill to allow for troop deployment to Libya and its parliament is working on the issue, Presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said on Tuesday (24 Decembrer), after Ankara signed a military cooperation agreement with Tripoli last month. “There might be a need for an authorisation in line with the developments over there. The parliament is conducting work on this issue,” Kalin told a news conference in Ankara. “We will continue to support the internationally recognised Libyan government. This support may be in terms of military…

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EU paves the way for a “difficult” post-British deal

EU paves the way for a “difficult” post-British deal

EU will keep engaging with the UK through the WTO and the UN as both sides work out a deal on their future ties once Britain leaves the bloc, according to the top Brexit negotiator in Brussels, Michel Barnier. Agreeing and ratifying a post-Brexit relationship by the end of 2020 “will be immensely challenging, but we will give it our all, even if we won’t be able to achieve everything,” Barnier, wrote in a weekend online commentary for the Project Syndicate magazine website. The two sides will have just 11…

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