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Why is Russia limiting its gas supply to the EU instead of stopping it altogether?

I am no expert on this by any means, but my thought as to why: If Russia completely cuts off the gas now, they lose leverage. That is, once the gas is completely cut off, they can no longer threaten ...
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Why is Russia limiting its gas supply to the EU instead of stopping it altogether?

Russian Federation leadership really likes bargaining and under-the-table agreements ("схематоз" in Russian). Gas supply is a good field for such agreements so by keeping it, RF encourages ...
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Why does Germany seem to not favor EU energy independence (from Russia)?

It's probably because the "not favouring EU energy independence from Russia" is totally made up. Look at the first quoted material: It clearly states that Germany threatens to retaliate if Trump ...
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What would be the advantage of launching an UN-led inquiry over the Nord Stream sabotage?

Given the way it was phrased/proposed, it was rather clearly a proposal that was meant to be rejected, but made in order to generate news like this. (Would Russia accept a UN investigation about Bucha?...
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Why did EU fail to reduce their dependence on Russian natural gas?

There have been attempts. For example, consider the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline, constructed from 2016 and completed in 2020 to transport natural gas from Azerbaijani fields into Europe without touching ...
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Why is Russia limiting its gas supply to the EU instead of stopping it altogether?

It is the same reason OPEC is limiting its oil exports: smaller amounts at higher prices can mean more profit. If you look at German imports of Russian fossil energy in 2021-22, you can see that the ...
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Why would Russia damage their own gas pipelines?

Ukraine is dependent on Western arms shipments. Russia wants to discourage Western arms shipments. To keep the tension high, Russia used decreases and increases of gas shipments, threats with nuclear ...
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Why is Russia limiting its gas supply to the EU instead of stopping it altogether?

Cutting off these EU gas purchases is exactly what Ukraine dreams about. It would be the most severe sanction the EU can put it in place, to stop buying Russian gas entirely. But the EU has till not ...
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Why is Russia limiting its gas supply to the EU instead of stopping it altogether?

Technological limitations One cannot just close the valve of a gas well and open it later when needed. There is an (expensive, risky) emergency procedure that can close the well for good, but re-...
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Why did EU fail to reduce their dependence on Russian natural gas?

One of the major gas producer in Europe was the Netherlands, but their Gas fields are depleted and production is dwindling. The same is happening for Gas production in Scotland, but you'll have to ...
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Which entities do have both a motive and a capability of disrupting Nord Stream?

Let's talk about the two players here who could do something like this The United States The US pretty clearly could do something like this fairly easily. The US leads the way in underwater technology ...
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Why does Germany seem to not favor EU energy independence (from Russia)?

If excuses could be burnt to produce electricity, we'd be all as rich as Bahrain. But it can't, so we ain't. It's not just like if Mrs. Merkel could snap her fingers and pop a clean fusion reactor ...
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Why would Russia damage their own gas pipelines?

It is an odd decision if Russia did it, but if we assume Russia did it, it does make sense in light of the parts in play Russia destroyed a Russian pipeline. Nobody will go to war with them over this....
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Difference between Western sanctions and Russia's choice to stop oil & gas

There is. Russia is being called out as blackmailing by the West. The West is being called out as blackmailing by Russia. i.e. no real difference in as far as the economic actions themselves (plenty ...
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Why would Russia damage their own gas pipelines?

Nord Stream 2, which consisted of 2 tubes, was to be opened 2022. This was cancelled when the war began. Some 1-2 months before the blast, Russia already dramatically reduced supplies through Nord ...
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How did Gazprom lose money (in 2023)?

This is a partial answer, but some of the losses are due to price regulation on Russia's internal market. Gazprom has been lobbying the Duma to lift these to some extent: According to Gazprom ...
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Why is Ukraine not stopping the transit of Russian gas in the context of its demand to boycott Russian gas?

Apparently the question was reopened because Nord Stream II is out of question now. Well, maybe. If Ukraine does something dramatic and blows up the pipelines, NS II could be quickly opened. Its ...
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Why did EU fail to reduce their dependence on Russian natural gas?

Europe was balancing different priorities. Those apply to different degrees in different countries. The goal is to be climate-neutral by 2050. Divesting from nuclear power, which is seen as dangerous ...
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Has Russia, as of August 21st, violated any gas contracts with Germany?

All I can really tell you is that back in mid July Gazprom declared force majeure on NS1 but that one its (main) German receivers rejected the claim, while the other refused to comment on the legal ...
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Why does France resist the Midcat pipeline?

One half of the answer is that the pipeline wouldn't be ready in time to help in the Ukraine context. negative signal from the French Ministry of Ecological Transition. Asked by L'Indépendant, ...
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How does Nord Stream II project fit with Ukraine-EU relationship?

Nord Stream 2 takes away the leverage Ukraine holds over the EU. Since a lot of Europe's natural gas transits the Ukraine on its way from Russia to the west, the Ukraine can basically block large ...
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How did Gazprom lose money (in 2023)?

When Famil Sadygov predicted four trillion rubles in revenue from gas sales in 2023, he specified: "These results will be ensured, among other things, by growing gas supplies to China." ...
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How much natural gas does France import from Russia?

France imports 16.8% of its natural gas from Russia (Source via @Fizz which in turn relies upon Eurostat). These imports account for about 3.7% of Russia's natural gas exports, which can be compared ...
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What is Russia's plan to cope with invasion-related economic damage to itself?

The only way to cope with the economic damage that I can think of is to strengthen its tie with China, as Russia kept doing recently: Russia, China agree 30-year gas deal via new pipeline, to settle ...
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Why does Germany seem to not favor EU energy independence (from Russia)?

Why would it? Russia has been an extremely reliable partner for over 50 years, no matter the geo-political situation. Russia never used it as leverage or turned it off. Here's a good (but long) look ...
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Why is Russia limiting its gas supply to the EU instead of stopping it altogether?

Lots of other good answers, but one factor to consider is that Russia's current position is not set in stone and may yet evolve in the future, with the coming of winter. This is summer, gas is nowhere ...
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Which entities do have both a motive and a capability of disrupting Nord Stream?

I will try not to name single countries in this answer but rather only discuss capabilities and possible motives. The question of capability clearly depends on the way the sabotaging act was done (if ...
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Germany's reaction to the latest US sanction on Russia

Regarding question 2: Generally speaking, a country like the United States can regulate how their own citizens, residents, and companies trade with other countries. They might ban their citizens ...
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Why is Russia limiting its gas supply to the EU instead of stopping it altogether?

As noted by Phillip there's no way to answer without speculation but cutting off supplies completely would mean that the customers (Western Europe) would be forced to find alternate sources of energy. ...
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Which entities do have both a motive and a capability of disrupting Nord Stream?

Late 2023 update: according to an investigation by WaPo and Der Spiegel, they even narrowed down the Ukrainian special forces guy who was more or less in charge of the op, some colonel. Essentially ...
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