Nord Stream 2 pipeline: is it for energy or politics? | Inside Story

A new natural gas pipeline, that would double the supply Russia sends to Germany, is nearly complete.
But the Nord Stream 2 pipeline avoids Ukraine - which is where a large portion of Russian natural gas passes through, before making its way to Europe.
This means the Ukrainian government could lose a huge portion of the income it earns through transit fees.
The U.S. and some EU member say further reliance on Russia could be risky.
Angela Merkel says - there will be rules in place to protect Ukraine.
Will this give Moscow too much power over Europe?

Presenter: Hazem Sika


Pavel Felgenhauer - Russia Foreign Policy Analyst and Columnist at Novaya Gazeta.

Michael Bociurkiw - Author and Global Affairs Analyst. He's also a former Spokesperson for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe.

Thornike Gordadze - Senior Fellow at the International Institute for Strategic Studies and a Former Deputy Foreign Minister of Georgia.

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