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Trump’s nominee for key energy position opposes Nord Stream 2

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US President Donald Trump’s nominee for a top State Department energy position said yesterday that he would oppose Russia’s proposed natural gas pipeline under the Baltic Sea to Germany: the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.

“The United States’ position, it is my understanding, is to strongly oppose that pipeline,” Francis Fannon, who has been nominated Assistant Secretary of State for Energy Resources, said during his US Senate confirmation hearing.

Fannon confirmed he would instead “continue to advance alternate ways” to decrease Europe’s need for Russian oil and gas.

In related news, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has said that the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline would make an all-out Russian-Ukrainian war more likely.

He called the project "unnecessary, detrimental and divisive".

The pipeline would bypass Poland, Ukraine and the Baltic countries.

Morawiecki argued if Nord Stream 2 became operational, Russia could escalate the conflict in Ukraine by shutting off pipelines there.

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