A senior U.S. state department official has warned Europe against bowing to Russian pressure and waiving the lengthy process needed to approve Nord Stream 2, a controversial Baltic Sea natural gas pipeline to Germany.
Amos Hochstein, a senior advisor for global energy security at the State Department, said that if Russia has more gas to ship to Europe to ease the continent's supply crunch, it should do so through existing export pipeline infrastructure, including the ones that transit Ukraine
Hochstein said the European approval process would not be finished before March when the continent's temperatures traditionally begin to rise and its gas demand drops. That has pushed some in Europe to recommend fast-tracking the Nord Stream 2 approval process to meet greater demand during the winter.
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