Gas-hungry EU wobbly on Russia

United front crumbles as more hook to Moscow pipeline

Posted: July 9, 2014 at 2:34 a.m.

A helicopter nears the helipad on an offshore natural gas rig last year in the Odessa gas field in the Black Sea off the coast of Ukraine. Several nations are rejecting the European Union’s attempt to pressure Russia over its invasion of the Crimean Peninsula by curtailing work on a natural gas pipeline.

A clutch of countries is breaking ranks with the European Union's efforts to put economic and diplomatic pressure on Russia over Ukraine, building a pipeline meant to carry huge amounts of Russian gas to their doorstep.

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