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In 2017, the Nord Stream Pipeline delivered 51 billion m3 of natural gas to consumers in the European Union.
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Nord Stream has achieved an average load of 93% of its nominal capacity - Finance Appraise (press release) (blog)

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Nord Stream has achieved an average load of 93% of its nominal capacity
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The company operator notes that over the years there has been an increase in the capacity utilized. In 2016, for example, 43.8 billion cubic meters of natural gas were transported, or 80% of the nominal capacity of the pipeline. In 2015, however, 71 ...
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Russian energy giant Gazprom hit a record high with its natural gas sales to Europe in 2017, having exported what amount to 36 percent of the continen.

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Coal exports via Rosterminalugol terminal hit 1 mln t milestone this ... - PortNews IAA

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Rosterminalugol JSC, the largest dedicated coal port in the Baltic region, part of Russia's largest coal port holding Port Management Company LLC, says it has exported 1 mln t of coal this year. The milestone tonne was loaded on 16 January 2018 onto ...

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In 2017, the Nord Stream Pipeline delivered 51 billion cubic metres (bcm) of natural gas to consumers in the European Union. This means the pipeline system operated at 93 per cent of its annual design capacity of 55 bcm. This is the highest utilization ...
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House panel wants Bannon to explain Comey firing - Northwest Herald

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WASHINGTON – A House panel questioned Steve Bannon on Tuesday, aiming to find out President Donald Trump's thinking when he fired FBI Director James Comey, according to a person familiar with what the panel was planning to ask the former White House ...
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Bannon subpoenaed in Russia investigation; states sue to keep net neutrality - WikiTribune

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The Danish government wants to dramatically increase its defense spending to counter Russia's intensified military activity in eastern and northern Europe. Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen said: “Russia's behavior has created an unpredictable and ...
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Man Charged in Assault Case That Led To Fatal NW Indiana Crash - NBC Chicago

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A 43-year-old Indiana man has been charged in connection with a home invasion and assault case that happened just before a fatal crash Thursday in northwest Indiana. Jeffrey C. Martin, of Cedar Lake, Indiana, is charged with felony counts of aiding in ...

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Putin’s ‘hybrid peace’ more threatening to Ukraine than his ‘hybrid war,’ Portnikov says

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By Paul Goble, Window on Eurasia

Vladimir Putin’s rhetoric about Ukraine has changed in order to curry favor with Russians in advance of the presidential poll, but his approach on the ground has not changed, laying a potential trap for Ukrainians and meaning that his “hybrid peace” is even more dangerous than his “hybrid war,” Vitaly Portnikov says.

There is the great danger that Ukrainians and their supporters elsewhere, the Ukrainian commentator says, will focus on what Putin says rather than on what he continues to do and thus decide that Kyiv should make concessions to someone who has made none except at the level of propaganda.

In the weeks between his televised meeting with the Russian people and his more recent meeting with media editors, Putin has changed his tone in comments about Ukraine in remarkable ways.  He is no longer talking about the need for regime change in Kyiv but instead about the requirement for improving relations between the two countries.

But “nothing in the situation around Ukraine has changed,” Portnikov ways. “What has changed is Putin himself, above all from the point of view of rhetoric.”  The Kremlin leader wants to present himself as a peacemaker because that is what the Russian people want given the burdens his military efforts have placed on them.

That does not mean that Putin is interested in “any peace” with Ukraine, the Ukrainian commentator says, but only that “the hybrid war which Putin has carried out against Ukraine for more than three years must be replaced with ‘a hybrid peace,’” something “much more dangerous than a hybrid war.”

On the one hand, a peace even of this kind will mean that hundreds if not thousands of people may survive the conflict who otherwise would not. But on the other, Putin’s goal now with his peace offensive as in the past with his military moves is to secure “the destruction of the Ukrainian state itself.”

The features of Putin’s “hybrid peace” are already clear: willingness to end military actions in the Donbass and even pull out Russian forces but no willingness to allow any foreign peacekeepers from entering that region. Moscow will insist that Ukrainian control will be restored after Kyiv fulfills the Minsk accords – in short, “not in the near future.”

Such ideas will win sympathy in Russia but more important in Germany, France “and possibly even in Washington.” That will create problems for Ukraine but so too will be the continuing Russian influence in part of Ukrainian territory, maintaining it as “a suppurating wound on the body” of the country.

While this is going on, many in Western elites will begin to insist on lifting sanctions on Russia: “If there is no war anymore,” then they shouldn’t be maintained. Still more, Ukraine should adapt itself to this new reality.  But that is only one part of the problem, Portnikov says. The other is inside Ukraine, as Putin fully understands.

“In Ukraine itself, ever more loudly are sounding the voice of htose who call for reaching an agreement with Russia and ‘listening’ to the Donbass: there is no war, and only ‘the ineffective and corrupt Ukrainian authorities, which justify their unwillingness to carry out reforms by referring to the conflict with Russia, are interested in confrontation.”

“Russia will spend enormous sums on Ukrainian politicians and the imitation part of ‘civil society’” both directly and via “their Western friends which live on the very same Moscow means.” That could affect the next Ukrainian elections, out of which may arise “a surprising bloc of open collaborationists and pseudo-‘patriots’” committed to a deal with Russia.

If that occurs, Portnikov says, “then the Minsk accords will finally be realized. The Donbass will become a state within a state. Crimea will disappear from the Ukrainian agenda. And the new president of Ukraine will go to Moscow fully ready to sell out Ukrainian sovereignty.”

This is Putin’s plan for “’a hybrid peace.’”  And it is critically important that Ukraine not fall into the trap the Kremlin leader is laying.  “It is very important to understand that peace will not be hybrid. In a hybrid war, real people die; but in ‘a hybrid peace, real states are destroyed.” Moscow has no interest in the survival of Ukraine.

What Ukrainians must remember is that the West pays attention to Ukraine only when it is fighting, Portnikov says. If it stops fighting to try to make a deal with Putin, the west will ignore it; and then Putin will win not one victory but two.

By Paul Goble, Window on Eurasia

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Denmark plans to boost defense spending in response to Russian aggression, prime minister says - Business Insider

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Denmark plans to boost defense spending in response to Russian aggression, prime minister says
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Denmark last week deployed 200 troops to a UK-led NATO mission in Estonia aimed at deterring Russia from attacking the Baltic NATO members. Russia annexed Ukraine's Crimea peninsula in 2014 and backs separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine in a war that ...
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House panel interviewing Bannon after his fall from power - The Northwest Florida Daily News

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His interview follows his spectacular fall from power after being quoted in a book that he sees the president's son and others as engaging in “treasonous” behavior for taking a meeting with Russians during the 2016 campaign. In Michael Wolff's “Fire ...

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... War-era civil emergency advice booklet, reflecting Stockholm's concerns of a worsened security situation in the Baltic Sea region. Christina Andersson of the Swedish civil contingencies agency says that the 2018 edition bears the working title "If ...

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WWF Russia says not against Nord Stream 2 construction provided route changes - SteelGuru

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The environmental fund told Sputnik the Russian branch of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) will not be opposed to the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project so long as the route is changed from along a nature reserve in the ...

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WWF Russia says not against Nord Stream 2 construction provided route changes - SteelGuru

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The environmental fund told Sputnik the Russian branch of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) will not be opposed to the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project so long as the route is changed from along a nature reserve in the ...

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Sweden to reissue Cold War era booklet on war threat - The San Luis Obispo Tribune

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[NGW Magazine] Russia creates gas demand - Natural Gas World

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But there is still no information about the progress of this project. A part of the company's strategy is to invest in LNG infrastructure in other Baltic and North Sea countries, in the first place in Germany, Finland and Sweden. Baltic LNG has been ...

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Denmark will increase defense spending to counter Russia: PM - TODAYonline

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Denmark last week deployed 200 troops to a UK-led NATO mission in Estonia aimed at deterring Russia from attacking the Baltic NATO members. Russia annexed Ukraine's Crimea peninsula in 2014 and backs separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine in a war that ...

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