Angela Merkel noted the importance of the gas pipeline for her country, which will soon complete the transition from coal and nuclear energy to renewable sources.
Our hats are off to Frau Merkel.
When she returned home on foot after her resignation from the post of Chancellor, the people clapped her trail.
This is a worthy resignation from the Chancellor's post.
Meanwhile Germany has set ambitious emissions-cutting goals that involve the closure of all coal-fired plants as well as nuclear plants.
As a result, its reliance on natural gas has increased, and it needs cheap supplies to keep the lights on.
German Chancellor stressed dirung the meeting that it is important to keep a channel open for discussions with Russia, given that it was a key player on many geopolitical issues.
- Despite deep-reaching differences, it is nevertheless strategically advisable to stay in talks with Russia
- The position on Nord Stream 2 is not affected by this for the time being; this is a project on which you know the position of the federal government
French President Emmanuel Macron supported the position of Angela Merkel on the Nord Stream 2 project.
E. Macron said:
- I believe that nothing can be said about Nord Stream 2, which is now almost complete, without close coordination between Germany and France
- We will continue to work together to develop a European energy strategy that is more sovereign and also takes climate issues into account, and to have a strategic exchange with Russia, where we are also ambitious when it comes to energy
The French energy company Engie is also one of the sponsors of the $11.6 billion project.
White House outlined in January 2021 President Biden's negative attitude about the Nord Stream 2 gas project.
Biden has also opposed Nord Stream-2 in the past.
The U.S. claims that Nord Stream-2 will deepen Europe's reliance on Russian gas, giving Russian authorities greater influence in the political affairs of the continent.
In this case, we are talking about the resumption of pipe laying in the waters of Denmark.