Russia's Nord Stream Gas Pipeline Threatens EU Unity

Scrutiny of EU law relevant to Gazprom has already tied up Commission lawyers for years.

Diplomats do not expect any resolution of the Nord Stream issue at this week's summit talks on Thursday and Friday, while lawyers predict that in time any Commission decision will be as much political as legal.

"The decision on whether or not a pipeline qualifies for an exemption from EU law has always been very political," said one senior energy lawyer.

Meanwhile, diplomats say sanctions against Russia will be extended and that Renzi's intervention had made little difference to that debate.

(Additional reporting by Alastair Macdonald, Alissa de Carbonnel and Tom Koerkemeier in Brussels and Paolo Biondi in Rome; editing by Susan Thomas)



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