Russia’s gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 to Germany via the Baltic Sea can bypass Denmark with no additional cost, in order to remove the last obstacle for construction as Denmark was the only country not to issue a construction permit the gas pipeline..
Reportedly the route can pass north of Bornholm island through the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of Denmark, rather than through its territorial waters that require government’s permission.
Previously Sweden concluded that it has no grounds to block Nord Stream in its EEZ. At the same time US sanction risks still remain for Nord Stream, as a bill that mandates sanctions on the Russian Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to Germany was introduced to the US Congress on June 18, 2018.
The summit between the US President Donald Trump and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki brought no clarity on the US position on Nord Stream 2 that competes with US supplies of LNG to Europe and is seen as an energy security threat by some EU members.
But some analysts suggested that domestic bi-partisan outrage over Trump siding with Putin on “so-called” election meddling and other critical issues in Helsinki could backfire with more sanctions and tougher stance on Russia in Washington.
Russia Insider / ABC Flash Point News 2018.