The head of the Bundestag’s Economics and Energy Committee Klaus Ernst (“Leftists”) opposed the discussion of the “mechanism to stop” Nord Stream 2 with the United States.
As Ernst stressed, he welcomed the fact that under President Joe Biden, Washington has become “more willing to talk.”
“However, stopping Nord Stream-2 is not up for discussion, nor is the stopping mechanism that would link gas supplies to the EU to Ukraine’s supply,” the deputy said.
Earlier, the newspaper Handelsblatt reported that Berlin has received new proposals from the U.S. administration related to the possible removal of sanctions from the project. In particular, it is a question of introducing some kind of “mechanism of stopping” gas transit in case of Russia’s “violation” of human rights. In addition, the U.S. proposes to give Ukraine new guarantees that it will remain an energy supplier to the EU.
with a total capacity of 55 billion cubic meters per year from the Russian coast through the Baltic Sea to Germany. It will also pass through the territorial or exclusive economic zones of Finland, Sweden, and Denmark.
The United States is pushing its liquefied natural gas into Europe and trying to prevent the completion of the Russian pipeline. In December 2019, Washington imposed sanctions on the companies involved in the project, causing Switzerland’s Allseas to immediately halt work.
Work continued a year later: in December 2020, the Fortuna pipelayer pulled 2.6 kilometers of pipes in German waters. According to Nord Stream 2 AG, approximately 148 of the 2,460 kilometers of pipeline were left unfinished out of the total length of its two strings: 120 in Danish and 28 in German waters.
The work has been agreed upon with the Danish authorities since 15 January. The pipeline construction in the kingdom will be completed by the end of April. The German permit for the pipelayer is valid until the end of May.