- The Duran
The Duran Quick Take: Episode 413. The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss a massive defense bill signed by U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday, that includes legislation imposing sanctions on firms laying pipe for Nord Stream 2…a natural gas pipeline which will double gas capacity along the northern Nord Stream pipeline route to Germany. Berlin and Brussels have criticized the White House sanctions. accusing President Trump of interfering in national and bloc sovereignty. Interfax news agency reports that Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stated that the Nord Stream 2 and Turk Stream gas pipeline projects would be launched despite U.S. sanctions, adding that Russia planned to respond to the new measures.