Oil and Gas

Denmark allows Russia-Germany gas pipeline

Workers during the production process of pipes at the Nord Stream 2 facility at Mukran on Ruegen Islandon in Sassnitz, Germany.
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Denmark will allow a joint German-Russian pipeline project, which will bring Russian gas directly to Germany under the Baltic Sea.

Wednesday's decision by the Danish Energy Agency to approve the Nord Stream 2 pipeline's route is a blow to the U.S. President Donald Trump's administration, which had fiercely opposed it, and a victory for Russia and Germany which staunchly supported it.

The planned Baltic pipeline will transport natural gas about 1,200-kilometers (746-miles) from Russia to Europe. It has come under fire from the United States and some European countries claiming it could increase Europe's dependence on Russia as a supplier of energy.