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Gazprom's pipeline ambition faces test in European courts

February 15th 2017 - 09:16

Gazprom’s plan to circumvent eastern Europe and bring more Russian gas directly to Germany faces a crucial test in European courts this month as Poland seeks to extend an injunction curbing the Russian group’s access to a distribution pipeline. The legal showdown over gas supplied via the Baltic Sea is the latest move in the long battle over Europe’s energy infrastructure as the EU tries to reduce reliance on Russia, and Gazprom fights for market share.

The arguments are a dry run for the fight over Russia's plans to connect to its $11bn Nord Stream 2 pipeline says Sijbren de Jong to the Financial Times.

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Sijbren de Jong is a Strategic Analyst at HCSS and lecturer in Geo-Economics at Leiden University, The Hague. He has a PhD in EU external energy security relations from the University of Leuven and holds degrees in Economic Geography (MSc) from the University of Groningen and Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding (MA) from the University of Leuven. His geographical areas of expertise include Russia, Central Asia and the Caspian Sea Region; Central and Eastern Europe; and the Western Balkans.