Almost 66% of Germans support Nord Stream 2

Most German citizens consider the construction of the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline (Nord Stream 2) to be correct and necessary. Almost 66% of the Forsa Research Institute survey respondents support construction plans, as the gas pipeline will “make Germany’s gas supply safer and more reliable.”

About 23% of respondents oppose the construction of the gas pipeline, because they believe that Germany’s dependence on Russia will increase, Interfax reports.

At the same time, 84% of respondents believe that the statements of US President Donald Trump that Germany, after laying the gas pipeline, will fall under the complete control of Russia, are “completely incorrect”. Among supporters of the right-wing Alternative for Germany party, only 28% of German citizens agree with Trump’s statements.

Trump previously called Germany a Russian hostage. “I believe that Germany is a hostage to Russia because Germany receives so much energy from Russia,” the American president said.

Most of the German citizens surveyed considered the construction of the gas pipeline to be the right decision and doubted that Germany would be able to fully meet the energy demand with renewable sources such as sun, wind and water.

The survey was conducted on July 19-20 at the request of the RTL media group for the RTL / n-tv-Trendbarometer program, 1004 people took part in the survey, the statistical error is 3%.

Nord Stream 2 AG received permission in March to build and operate a gas pipeline in the German Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). In January, permission was issued for the construction of the offshore section of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline in the territorial waters of Germany (within 12 nautical miles) and on the land section of the country.

Nord Stream-2 will run along the bottom of the Baltic Sea from the coast of Russia to the coast of Germany, the length of the pipe will be about 1.2 thousand km. The capacity of the gas pipeline will be 55 billion cubic meters of gas per year.

The project cost is estimated at 10 billion euros. Project participants are Gazprom (51%), Engie, OMV, Shell, BASF and Uniper.

US Congress extends ban on military cooperation with Russia

The U.S. Congress decided to extend the ban on cooperation between the Pentagon and the Russian Ministry of Defense until 2019.

This is stated in the report of the United States Defense Committee.

It is important that the ban does not apply to cooperation between American and Russian military personnel, whose relationship is aimed at “reducing the risk of armed conflict.”

“The Committee recommends an extension in the fiscal year 2019 of the ban on financing military cooperation between the United States and Russia, with the exception of certain orders of the Pentagon head or insurmountable circumstances. The restrictions do not apply to contacts between the military of the two countries aimed at reducing the risk of armed conflict, ”the document says.

In addition, the US Department of Defense is recommended to prohibit the use of funds that can contribute to any action that will be aimed at recognizing the Russian Crimea.

US hopes for DPRK nuclear disarmament in 2.5 years

The United States hopes to achieve “serious disarmament” of North Korea over the next 2.5 years, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, seeking to reassure him after this week’s summit that Pyongyang will eventually abandon its nuclear weapons.

US President Donald Trump met with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore on June 12, after issuing a joint statement in which the heads of state reaffirmed DPRK’s commitment to “strive for the full denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula,” and Washington provided Pyongyang with security guarantees.

But the brief document of the historic meeting of the two leaders did not contain any details about when Pyongyang would abandon its nuclear weapons development program, or how it would be possible to verify the fact of dismantling nuclear testing grounds.

Pompeo visited the capital of South Korea to inform officials about the outcome and conclusions after the summit. Speaking to a small group of journalists and answering the question whether he wants to achieve complete nuclear disarmament of the DPRK during the current presidential term of Trump, which ends January 20, 2021, Pompeo replied:

“Oh yes, the most complete (nuclear disarmament). Absolutely … did you use the term “major, serious disarmament”, something like that? We hope that we can achieve this in two and a half years, ”said the head of the United States Foreign Office.

“I’m … sure they understand that a deep check will be carried out,” said US Secretary of State Pompeo. He added that the initial agreement between Trump and Kim did not cover everything that was agreed by both parties.

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