Paul Grod: Russia’s next assault on Ukraine is the Nord Stream 2 pipeline
Russia’s continued aggression against Ukraine, Belarus, Georgia, the Baltic countries, and Eastern Europe will continue to be exacerbated with the completion of the Nord Stream 2 (NS2) gas pipeline. The Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) calls upon Germany, the United States, and the international community to take all necessary measures to immediately terminate Russia’s NS2 gas pipeline project, which is nearing completion.
NS2 will circumvent and make redundant a critical gas pipeline between Russia and western Europe that transits through and is the source of gas supply for Ukraine and many Eastern European countries. Russia will be able to effortlessly cripple Ukraine, Belarus, and other Eastern European countries by literally turning off the gas. They have a history of doing so. In the past, however, reducing gas flows to force Ukraine to make political concessions, has also impacted western Europe. That will no longer be the case.
Many analysts have observed that Russia’s military activities in eastern Ukraine have steered clear of the Brotherhood gas pipeline. With NS2, the risk of damaging or destroying this gas pipeline will no longer be an issue. Natural gas flows will be another lever to force Ukraine into economic and political submission without impacting its lucrative financial and political relationships with Germany, France, and the rest of western Europe.
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