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Open newsletter – february 22, 2022

AFGHANISTAN The Taliban is creating a “grand army” for Afghanistan that will include officers and troops who served the old regime, says the official tasked with overseeing the military’s transformation. Latifullah Hakimi, head of the Taliban’s Ranks Clearance Commission, also told a news conference on Monday that they had repaired half the 81 helicopters and planes […]

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Daily news – February 8, 2022

News from: Al Jazeera, Astana Times, Atlantic Council, Brookings, Bruegel, Chatham House, CSIS, Defense News, Defense One, East Asia Forum, Foundation for Defense of Democracies, Global Times, Human Rights Watch, Japan Institute of International Affairs, Nextgov, Reuters, RFE RL, RUSI, StartMagazine, The Jamestown Foundation, Vatican  AFGHANISTAN – USA Where are the detailed Pentagon reports like […]

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Nord Stream 2 Operator, Gazprom Say New Pipeline Ready To Deliver Gas (RFE RL)

The operator of the controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline from Russia to Germany said it has filled the new pipeline with natural gas and is ready to begin deliveries. “As of December 29, the gas-in procedure for the second string of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline has been completed,” operating company Nord Stream 2 AG […]

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Putin: Nord Stream 2 could help lower Europe’s high energy prices (Al Jazeera)

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that a new pipeline to Germany has been filled with natural gas, noting that it could help quickly reduce soaring European energy prices. The $11bn Nord Stream 2 pipeline is currently awaiting approval from Germany and the European Union, and officials warned that a decision won’t come in the […]

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German Regulator Says Nord Stream 2 Pipeline Approval Months Away (RFE RL)

Final approval for the controversial Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from Russia to Germany is not expected to come in the first half of 2022, Germany’s energy regulator has said. The Bundesnetzagentur regulator announced in November that it had temporarily suspended the certification process for the $12 billion pipeline, saying the Swiss-based Nord Stream 2 […]

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U.S. Senate Blocks Defense Spending Bill As Republicans Push For Sanctions Over Nord Stream 2 (Al Jazeera)

The U.S. Senate blocked an annual defense spending bill on November 29 amid objections from Republicans who said there had not been enough votes on amendments, including one that would have imposed sanctions over Nord Stream 2. The controversial Baltic Sea pipeline to transport Russian natural gas to Germany has vocal opponents in the U.S. […]

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Classified document sheds light on US-Germany Nord Stream 2 conciliation effort (Georgi Gotev, Euractiv)

A classified document which was made public reveals how Berlin is working with Washington to avoid US sanctions over the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. Germany said on Sunday (28 November) it was continuing to work closely with the United States on implementing a deal on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which has just been completed […]

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Imposition of Further Sanctions in Connection with Nord Stream 2 (US Department of State)

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE The Department of State has submitted a report to Congress pursuant to the Protecting Europe’s Energy Security Act of 2019 (PEESA), as amended.  The report lists two vessels and one Russia-linked entity, Transadria Ltd., involved in the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.  Transadria Ltd. will be sanctioned under […]

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Why has Germany halted Nord Stream 2? (Al Jazeera)

Germany’s energy regulator suspended approval of the Nord Stream 2 on Tuesday. To operate the German part of the pipeline, it wants the Russian company behind the project to form a local subsidiary. Why has Germany halted Nord Stream 2? | Energy | Al Jazeera

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Nord Stream 2: Germany must listen to Ukrainian security concerns (Olga Bielkova, Atlantic Council)

Ukraine is resolutely opposed to any energy infrastructure projects that threaten the country’s national security, attempt to sidestep EU regulations, or undermine Europe’s energy architecture. Having learned that Nord Stream 2 AG had applied for certification with the German energy regulator Bundesnetzagentur (BNetzA), Ukraine’s gas transmission system operator, GTSOU, had no choice but to request that the […]

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U.S. Official Tells Europe Not To Waive Nord Stream 2 Pipeline Approval Process (Todd Prince, RFE RL)

A senior U.S. state department official has warned Europe against bowing to Russian pressure and waiving the lengthy process needed to approve Nord Stream 2, a controversial Baltic Sea natural gas pipeline to Germany. Amos Hochstein, a senior advisor for global energy security at the State Department, said that if Russia has more gas to […]

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Germany will take into account EU stance when certifying Nord Stream 2 AG (TASS)

Germany’s Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur) will take into account the opinion of the European Commission when making the final decision on registering Nord Stream 2 AG as an independent transport operator, the agency’s representative told TASS on Friday. Nord Stream 2 AG is the operator of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project. The German […]