A unique coalition is taking shape in Europe against German-Russian plans to double the Nord Stream natural gas pipeline. Italy has joined a group of countries, mostly from Central-Eastern Europe, in opposing the implementation of this energy project, which is spearheaded by Russia’s state-run gas monopoly Gazprom. Until now, some eastern European Union members states, including the Baltics (Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia) and Poland—countries particularly sensitive to Russian moves to reassert geopolitical influence over the former Soviet space—had frequently accused Rome of not standing firmly enough against Moscow’s aggressive foreign policy.
Nord Stream runs under the Baltic Sea and connects Vyborg, …read more
Source: The Jamestown Foundation