Russian President Vladimir Putin managed to outplay Europe by agreeing to increase gas supplies to China, writes Daily Express.
Columnist Anthony Ashkenazi said Russia and China are close to concluding a deal to build a new pipeline. Possible deliveries on it, the author of the article believes, are equivalent to the volumes of fuel that were planned to be sent to Europe via Nord Stream 2.
“The agreement will double exports to China,” the observer said. He specified that the new Power of Siberia 2 gas pipeline will annually transport up to fifty billion cubic meters of fuel.
“This is happening at a time when the rest of Europe is going through a serious energy crisis,” the journalist said.
Ashkenazi also recalled that the Russian Federation is ready to supply more gas to Europe, but the certification of the JV-2 has been suspended.
Earlier it was reported that senators from the US Republican Party expressed confidence in the adoption of sanctions against the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline proposed by Texas Senator Ted Cruise. According to media reports, the vote on the bill should take place before January 14.
In December, Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller announced that Nord Stream 2 was ready for operation. Russian President Vladimir Putin noted that those who prevent the launch of Nord Stream 2 are acting stupidly.