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U.S., Russia Race to Outflank Each Other on Russian Pipeline

  • November 29, 2020

For the past year, U.S. officials and Russia hawks on Capitol Hill have closely watched the peregrinations of a Russian ship, as it sailed from Russia’s Far East around Africa to the Baltic Sea.

The vessel—a nearly 500-foot pipe-layer named the Akademik Cherskiy—is the sole Russian-owned ship capable of completing an $11 billion pipeline. Nord Stream 2 is designed to carry natural gas under the Baltic from Russia to Germany, but its construction has been stalled for a year by the threat of U.S. sanctions.

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