German Environment and Nuclear Safety Minister Svenja Schulze assessed the consequences of stopping construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline in an interview with RND.
“If we were to stop the project now, we would cause enough harm by questioning the reliability of the decisions made based on the principles of the rule of law,” Schulze said. She also suggested that the German side would then face litigation.
The German minister stressed that the decision on the construction was made many years ago, and now the project is almost complete and has received the necessary permits.
The Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline from Russia to Germany along the Baltic Sea bed was supposed to be commissioned back in late 2019. However, its completion was hindered, in particular, by the threat of sanctions from the United States, due to which European companies began to withdraw from the project. On January 19, 2021, Washington implemented the threat for the first time and imposed restrictions on the Russian barge Fortuna, which was going to be used to complete the construction. “Gazprom then admitted for the first time that the construction could be postponed indefinitely, and under exceptional circumstances, even permanently.