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nord stream 2

  Sanctions on their own won’t stop Nord Stream-2, the market, and the EU directives can obliterate the effect sought by the Kremlin and turn what President Putin perceives as an asset into a liability.   Gas pipelines are not a threat – politicians like Putin certainly are.   The national security line in addressing the issues starts from the basics – Is Russia a threat? Perceptions matter. For many politicians in old Europe, located in offices at a safe distance from Russia, the threat notion is vague, remote, and academic. They do not discern Putin’s Russia as a threat. Perception matter. For many politics in old Europe.   For the Austrian business, born and bred in brokering deals between Russia and Eastern Europe, this is routine and legitimate “business”.