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Despite Berlin and Moscow’s rush to make the Nordstream 2 (NS2) pipeline construction through the Baltic Sea a fait accompli, opposition from several EU states has stalled its completion. Meanwhile, Gazprom’s transit contract with Ukraine will expire in January and Moscow has put unacceptable preconditions on negotiating a new one. Once again, Europe must brace itself for a Russian gas-supply crisis. Professor Thomas O’Donnell will discuss European states’ various interests and heightened energy anxieties, the prospects for the NS2 pipeline, and Russia’s strategy.
**Thomas O’Donnell, Instructor, Hertie School of Governance, Berlin; Title VIII Short-term Scholar, Kennan Institute
Wilson Center - 5th Floor Conference Room Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue