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European Commission Doesn’t Expect Russia to Restart Nord Stream

  • Key gas pipeline to Europe has been down for maintenance work
  • EU is bracing for worst-case scenario; urging energy savings
The gas receiving compressor station of the Nord Stream 1 natural gas pipeline in Lubmin, Germany.

The gas receiving compressor station of the Nord Stream 1 natural gas pipeline in Lubmin, Germany.

Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg
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The European Commission doesn’t expect Russia to restart a key natural gas pipeline this week, a senior official said, the clearest indication yet that the bloc is bracing for the worst.

“We don’t expect that it comes back,” Budget Commissioner Johannes Hahn said Tuesday. “We are working on the assumption that it doesn’t return to operation. And in that case certain additional measures need to be taken.”