EU Parliament proposes blocking Nord Stream
On January 21 the EU Parliament voted that Nord Stream 2 should be blocked due to the arrest of Alexei Navalny. The Members of the European Parliament demanded sanctions on Russian oligarchs and the president's cronies.The Parliament's votes is only a recommendation. The EU is not obliged to give it any effect. Poland and the Baltic republics are dead set against Nord Stream 2. All of them were once part of the Russian Empire and fear irredentism. They fear that Moscow will be able to cut off energy supplies to the EU to force concessions.