Austria supports Nord Stream 2

Not only Russia will benefit from the disputed gas pipeline, according to Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz.

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurze praises Germany for maintaining support for Nord Stream 2. | Photo: Leonhard Foeger/REUTERS / X00360

There's never been any doubt that opinions diverge on gas pipeline Nord Stream 2, depending on which government is asked. The US is an ardent opponent of the Russian-German project, while the nations behind the pipeline have defended its relevance from the start.

In general, EU countries have shown a high degree of skepticism toward the project, and most recently, France made its stance known that Nord Stream 2 shouldn't be established. Critics are especially concerned that the connection will create a disproportionate European dependency on Russian gas, and that Russia could use its exports for political pressure on its neighboring countries, for instance.

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