An Unholy Trans-Atlantic Alliance, Necessary but Irksome as U.S. Sanctions Target Noord Stream 2 Pipeline.

Introduction.

The US administration appears resolved to prevent the completion of Russia’s Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline across the Baltic Sea, sanctioning every party involved in the project. The pipeline will run from Russia to Germany, the Czech Republic, and four other EU countries. Whilst the U.S. and the EU directly challenge Russia’s expansionist tendencies into the East, cybercrime, and interference in Western elections, the EU decision to start…