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Matthias Warnig, Managing Director of Nord Stream 2, is a former East German Stasi agent, and friend of Putin since Putin’s KGB days. German Chancellor Merkel grew up in East Germany. Germany recently approved its leg of the pipeline, but Finland, Sweden, Denmark, and even Russia have not. (Update note – Finland just partially approved today.)

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Russian State owned Gazprom is the majority owner at over 50% of the proposed Nord-Stream 2 gas pipeline, but Germany’s Wintershall (BASF), E.ON., and French ENGIE (GDF-Suez), and Dutch Nederlandse Gasunie are co-owners.

Ringed Seal photo, NOAA: The construction of the pipeline may affect the key habitats of rare marine mammals – the gray seal and the Baltic Ringed seal, according to Greenpeace Russia.

Nord Stream is registered in Zug, Switzerland, as is Transocean – the owner-operator of the oil rig for the Deepwater Horizon BP oil spill: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deepwater_Horizon_oil_spill (Transocean is also in Vernier, Switzerland).

Being energy dependent upon Russia, or any other country, means that there is no true independence. One reason that Russian sanctions haven’t forced Russia to return Crimea to the Ukraine is that they are effectively non-existent. The US, the EU, and others, continue to import Russian oil, gas, and petroleum products, and continue to trade…

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