Why Nord Stream 2 may not be ready in time for winter in EU

Whereas the Kremlin is now prepared to offer Europe some respite from its energy price troubles – and has Baltic pipeline Nord Stream 2 now technically ready to assist – a set of hurdles remains before Russia's natural gas can actually ease the continent's strained supply.

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The controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline has the potential to ease Europe’s gas crisis, and Russia says the project is on track. But obstacles remain -- and some of them could take months to clear.

The 750-mile link under the Baltic Sea to Germany has been completed and has begun to receive gas for testing. Exporter Gazprom PJSC this week got Danish approval for one of the lines to start, but it needs a crucial nod from Germany before fuel can flow to western Europe. Here’s a look at what lies ahead.

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