Western partners of gas giant Gazprom agree to provide half the financing for the 9.5-billion euro Nord Stream 2 pipeline, each providing partial funding for the planned Nord Stream 2, Russia-to-Germany gas pipeline.

This removes a big hurdle for a Russian plan to pump more gas to Europe and allows the state-owned Gazprom, which already supplies around a third of the EU's gas, to counter critics of a project that has divided opinion in Europe.

Eastern European and Baltic countries say a ne...

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