This file picture taken on February 23, 2016 shows export oil pipelines at an oil facility on Khark Island, on the shore of the Gulf. / AFP / - /
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A pipeline project between Russia and Germany risks triggering U.S. sanctions because of security concerns, a senior American diplomat said Thursday.U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary Sandra Oudkirk, an energy policy expert in the State Department, said the United States opposes the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline because it could increase Russia's "malign influence" in Europe.Oudkirk said the new pipeline would divert gas flows away from Ukraine, which depends heavily on transit fees, and could become a pathway for Russia to install surveillance equipment in the Baltic Sea, a sensitive military region.The $11 billion Nord Stream 2 project would double the amount of natural gas Russia can funnel to the heart of Europe from newly tapped reserves in Siberia.
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