Russia’S Pipeline Strength

Countries worried about Russia’s energy-enabled power understand the potential protection afforded by new natural gas supplies such as those from the United States.
Nord Stream 2 would expand Russia’s commanding position in European gas markets, a position it holds in part thanks to the Nord Stream 1 pipeline, which follows a similar sub-Baltic Sea route.
One extension of this policy that has received curiously little attention, though, is Russia’s energy policy.
Moscow has already shown a willingness to use its power as a dominant natural gas supplier for coercive purposes in the past.
Ultimately, the pipeline would exacerbate the existing split between Europeans concerned about Russia’s coercive power and opposed to its market dominance and Europeans welcoming cheap energy and cooperation with Russia.

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