MEP Viola von Cramont-Taubadel says she is seeing increased resistance to the Nord Stream 2 project, especially within her Union 90 / Greens party.
There is a possibility that the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline will be completed, but it will not deliver gas. This was stated by the MEP Viola von Cramont-Taubadel during the online discussion “What to do with Russia?”, Which took place at the site of the Kiev Security Forum. The event was broadcast on February 22 on the Open Ukraine Foundation’s YouTube channel.
According to her, German Chancellor Angela Merkel “decided to leave [газопровод] in the form of an economic project, which it certainly is not. “
“I see a growing resistance to this project, in particular in the ranks of my party [“Союз 90 / Зеленые”]… We were the first and only one who opposed it precisely because of Ukraine, for geostrategic reasons, realizing our dependence on Russia and realizing that when this gas pipeline is built, it will be difficult to get out of the scheme. One option is to just keep it, but that would be very expensive. This could be in the interests of other European countries that are part of this consortium under contracts. We see that there is a certain probability that the gas pipeline will be built, but gas will not be delivered through it, “said the MEP.
Nord Stream 2 is a gas pipeline that is supposed to connect Russia with Germany along the bottom of the Baltic Sea. The length of the route is over 1200 km, the capacity of the new pipeline will be 55 billion cubic meters of gas per year. It was reported that the cost of the project is € 9.9 billion, it is financed by the Russian Gazprom and five European companies: Anglo-Dutch Shell, German Wintershall and Uniper, French Engie and Austrian OMV.
The authorities of the United States, Ukraine, Poland, Hungary, Moldova, Romania, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia consider Nord Stream 2 a threat to Europe’s energy security.
The construction of the gas pipeline began in 2018. In December 2019, construction was frozen as the United States imposed sanctions on European contractors involved in the project. At that time, 93% of the gas pipeline was completed, Nord Stream 2 AG reported.
A year later, on December 11, 2020, construction was resumed. Until the completion of the construction of two strings of the gas pipeline, a total of 160 km are left “with a little”, said Russian President Vladimir Putin on December 17. In February 2021, Gazprom announced that it intends to commission Nord Stream 2 this year.
On January 19, the US Treasury Department imposed new sanctions against companies involved in the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. In particular, the sanctions affected the Russian ship Fortuna and its owner – the KVT-RUS company, as well as the Rustanker company, the Maxim Gorky oil tanker and the Sierra tanker for the transportation of crude oil. The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry welcomed this decision, and the Russian “Gazprom” for the first time allowed the possibility of suspension of implementation or complete cancellation of the project.
However, on January 24, it became known that the Russian pipe-laying vessel Fortuna had resumed construction of the Nord Stream 2 in Danish waters. In 2020, the pipelayer laid 2.6 km of pipes in German waters, about 120 km remained unfinished in Danish waters and about 28 km in German waters.
The Handelsblatt newspaper wrote on February 1 that US President Joe Biden could lift sanctions against Nord Stream 2 if he gets guarantees that Russia will not use the pipeline against Ukraine and other Eastern European countries. The State Department denied this information, stating that they would interfere with the construction of Nord Stream 2.
US Senator Jane Shaheen and Republican Senator James Risch sent a letter to the Biden administration in support of the full implementation of legislation related to the Nord Stream 2 gas transmission project, “which aims to put an end to the project“.
The Wall Street Journal reported on February 16 that the Biden administration has begun negotiations with Berlin over sanctions against companies involved in the construction process.
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