Deputies of the German Bundestag could not decide and decide the fate of the Nord Stream-2 gas transmission project. Two conflicting draft resolutions were presented at the meeting on September 18, 2020, reports Deutsche Welle, the German state international broadcasting company.
The first draft was presented by the Soyuz-90/Green faction and the second – by the Alternative for Germany faction. Environmentalists demanded that the gas pipeline be deprived of political support from Berlin because it “splits” Europe, harms European climate and energy goals, and “undermines Germany’s strategic foreign policy sovereignty.
At the same time, the right-wing activists demanded that the gas pipeline be fully supported so that it could be put into operation as soon as possible. They grounded their position on Germany’s energy security, as the country needs a lot of raw materials because of the closure of nuclear power plants and coal-fired power plants. As a result, none of the projects were put to a vote. The lawmakers referred both projects to the Committee on Economy and Energy.
According to a member of the Bundestag Committee on Foreign Affairs, Waldemar Gerdt, AdG, if Berlin refuses to implement the project, Germany will face lawsuits worth more than 10 billion euros. He believes that “Nord Stream-2” is not a Russian or German project, as more than 100 companies from all over Europe are involved in the project. They have already invested money, obtained the necessary permits, passed the necessary procedures, and carried out some works.
Where will we get energy resources if we abandon the most economically and environmentally beneficial offer that Russia has made us for gas?
– asked Gerdt a question during his interview with TOP nEWS
He specified that the safety and competitiveness of Germany are under threat because of groundless accusations against the mentioned project. In his opinion, a “dirty struggle” against the gas pipeline is currently underway through political and economic pressure. The USA wants to squeeze out cheap Russian gas from Europe and supply its expensive LNG, which will result in at least a 20% price increase in Germany.