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New Russia sanctions may strain EU-US relations

Wednesday, July 26, 2017


The unilateral move is raising concerns in Europe that EU energy companies could be sanctioned and that transatlantic unity on sanctions could be jeopardised.


  • The bill could cause a further deterioration in US-Russian ties and weaken Trump’s ability to improve relations with Moscow.
  • Less EU-US coordination on sanctions could bring internal EU divisions to the fore.
  • Apart from Nord Stream 2, the sanctions could also affect the Blue Stream pipeline and a liquified natural gas plant in the Gulf of Finland.
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