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Denmark could block Russian pipeline

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Denmark is considering passing a law that could block a disputed Russian pipeline project which would run through the NATO member's territory due to security concerns.

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The bill, discussed in the Danish parliament on Thursday and backed by a majority, poses a threat to the nearly 10 billion euros Nord Stream 2 project, which critics say would increase European dependence on Russian gas.

Denmark currently has no law that encompasses foreign, defence and security policy, Energy, Supply, and Climate Minister Lars Christian Lilleholt told members of the Danish parliament.

The new law, which could take effect on January 1st, 2018, allows Denmark to evaluate if projects passing through its territorial waters are compatible with the nation's foreign policy, security and defence interests.

The Ministry of Transport and Energy would no longer make decisions on its own and a veto by Danish authorities would offer limited opportunities of appeal.

Gazprom plans to lay the 1,200-kilometre (745-mile) Nord Stream 2 pipeline through the Baltic Sea to the German coast near Greifswald, where it would connect to the European gas transport networks.

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