Analysis: US Senate brings Niinistö and Putin closer

Summary:
Helsingin Sanomat writes about the planned new US sanctions against Russia, which would impact i.a. the EU energy companies cooperating with Russia, e.g. on the Nord Stream II gas pipeline. According to Financial Times, Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Commission president, has proposed « possible countermeasures » against the US. According to an EU working document, the EU is concerned about the « detrimental political side effects » caused by new sanctions by the US. The sanctions are expected to affect also the bilateral meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Finnish President Sauli Niinistö by bringing the presidents’ interests closer together. Finland has been supporting Germany in advancing the pipeline project.

Media:  Helsingin Sanomat (E-edition, PDF)
Date: 26.7.2017
Journalist: Pekka Hakala
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