Russia's Gazprom has shut down the Nord Stream 1 pipeline to Germany, claiming that it has been unable to repair the necessary equipment. Now, in a facility near the start point of Nord Stream 1, Russia has launched LNG production and has a tanker ready to take the gas to market. Russia has been shutting down pipelines and flaring gas instead of selling it to Europe, and this LNG facility is further evidence of its new natural gas strategy.