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US imports of ‘sanctioned’ Venezuelan oil surge fivefold

Purchases of Venezuelan crude by US energy companies saw a five-fold weekly growth as of the middle of February, nearly reaching their pre-sanctions level, the latest data published by the International Energy Agency (IEA) shows.

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Nord Stream 2 is in ‘our interest’, says German minister amid US pressure on project with Russia

As the US tries to impede Berlin from a joint energy project with Russia – Nord Stream 2 – the German economy minister says that his country will stick to the enterprise, backing Moscow as a reliable partner.

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Austrian Stakeholder of Nord Stream 2 Hits Back at US Pressure on EU Gas Market

Earlier in January, European companies participating in the venture aimed at building a new route for Russian gas to bypass Ukraine, reportedly received threatening letters from US Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell. He warned the firms about the sanctions risk their involvement in the project incurs.

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Ditching Russian gas will be economic suicide for Europe – analyst to RT

Washington’s attempts to derail the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project to supply Russian natural gas to the European Union will definitely backfire, according to a geopolitical expert Dr. Pierre-Emmanuel Thomann.

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Ex-German Chancellor Reveals True Reason for US Criticism of Nord Stream 2

Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder has lashed out at the US for its position on the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. Former Chancellor of Germany Gerhard Schroeder said Saturday that the US has its own energy interests in Europe, which explains the pressure Washington is exerting on the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project.

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European energy policy should be determined by Europe, not the US – German FM

Washington’s criticism of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project to deliver Russian gas to Europe bypassing transit countries has been strongly rejected by German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas.

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Russia’s $75 trillion in resources is why sanctions are impossible

The country with the largest mineral reserves in the world, Russia, is the second top exporter of rare earth minerals. Its natural resources are estimated at tens of trillions of dollars. It has abundant supplies of oil, natural gas, timber and valuable minerals, such as copper, diamonds, lead, zinc, bauxite, nickel, tin, mercury, gold and […]

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Austria Believes in Success of Nord Stream 2 Project – Russian Ambassador

Austria believes that the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project will be successfully implemented, Russian Ambassador in Vienna Dmitry Lyubinsky told Sputnik. “Nord Stream 2 is, of course, the most promising initiative of our energy partnership with Austria… They believe here that this project will be successfully implemented,” Lyubinsky said.

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World’s Biggest Construction Ship to Start Laying Nord Stream 2 Pipes Next Week

The world’s largest construction vessel, Pioneering Spirit, will begin laying pipes for the Nord Stream 2 project in the Finnish exclusive economic zone next week, Nord Stream 2 AG said in a statement.

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Austrian Chancellor Supports Nord Stream 2 Pipeline, Despite ‘US Scrutiny’

Earlier, Germany voiced support for the construction of the second Nord Stream pipeline amid criticism from US President Donald Trump, who has urged EU countries to abandon the project and buy American liquefied natural gas (LNG) instead.

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Berlin says crisis in Ukraine & Nord Stream 2 pipeline are two separate issues

The Russian-led gas pipeline project Nord Stream 2, which is aimed at delivering Russian gas to Europe via Germany, must be completed, according to the German Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy Peter Altmaier. The minister says the conflict between Russia and Ukraine has nothing to do with the project.

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‘Oddly Enough’: Three Tankers With Russian LNG on Board Arrive in US – Moscow

The announcement comes after President Donald Trump welcomed the German government’s intention to fund the construction of a terminal to supply liquefied natural gas from the United States, despite Berlin’s plans to take part in the implementation of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project.

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Nord Stream 2 AG Built Over 150 Miles of Gas Pipeline Despite US Opposition

Nord Stream 2 AG, a Swiss-based firm behind the construction of Gazprom’s gas pipeline across the Baltic Sea, has laid about 250 kilometers (155 miles) of pipes, company spokesman Jens Mueller told Sputnik.

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No Oil, No Army: Costa Rica First Nation to Eliminate Fossil Fuels

Costa Rica will become the first nation in the world to completely eliminate fossil fuels. In May, the country’s new president, 38-year-old former journalist Carlos Alvarado announced the plan to ban fossil fuels during his inauguration speech.

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Do the Math: Now Cheaper to Build Wind Farms Than Keep Coal Plants Active

Global investors report that after all the data is sorted it is now cheaper to build a new solar or wind farm than to maintain an existing coal plant.

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