Setback for Nord Stream 2 pipeline as Germany suspends certification

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The controversial underwater pipeline designed to bring Russian gas to Germany and Europe, Nord Stream 2, suffered another setback on Tuesday when German authorities suspended the certification procedure for the project. Although the construction of Nord Stream 2 has been completed and it has been filled with gas, the actual delivery of the gas depends on Nord Stream receiving the correct approvals from regulators. The lack of approval so far, with winter approaching and gas demand set to rise, is a source of increasing tension between Moscow and Berlin. “Following a thorough examination of th…

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