Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki urged not to consider the completion of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project as a way for Germany to compensate for its postwar debts.
German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier told the Rheinische Post in light of the debate over the Nord Stream 2 pipeline that energy relations are “almost the last” bridge between Russia and Europe; destroying this bridge would not be a sign of strength. In addition, in the context of relations between Russia and Europe, he recalled that June 22 marks the 80th anniversary of the German attack on the Soviet Union and that more than 20 million people in the former Soviet Union were victims of war.
“I agree with the German president that the post-war debts have not been paid, but Nord Stream 2 is not compensation. It is an action behind the EU’s back that will make it easier for Russia to pursue aggressive policies, increase European dependence, and hurt the economy and security. It’s time to stop it,” Morawiecki wrote on Twitter.
“Nord Stream 2” involves the construction of two strands of the pipeline with a total capacity of 55 billion cubic meters of gas per year from the Russian coast through the Baltic Sea to Germany. The project is actively opposed by the U.S., which promotes its liquefied natural gas to the EU, as well as Ukraine and several European countries. The U.S. imposed sanctions against the pipeline in December 2019, forcing Switzerland’s Allseas to halt the laying.
It continued a year later – in December 2020, the Fortuna pipelayer laid 2.6 kilometers of pipes in German waters. According to Nord Stream 2 AG (project operator), approximately 148 kilometers of the pipeline have not been laid yet out of the total length of its two strings of 2,460 kilometers – 120 kilometers remain to be laid in Danish waters and about 28 kilometers in German waters. The Danish authorities have agreed on the option to lay with the Fortuna as of 15 January, the German permits for this vessel are valid until the end of May.