There is no more controversial energy project in the European Union than the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline
Berlin, April 20 - Neftegaz.RU.
Attending the Council of Europe meeting online, German Chancellor Angela Merkel
defended the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project despite criticism by the U.S.
and some European
Germany has always looked at the Russia-led project from an economic standpoint
, while the U.S., Poland and the Baltic states
have expressed concern about Russia using gas sales as a political tool.
German authorities are convinced that the project is being realized in line with the policy of the state, both within the context of the energy policy (Energiewende), economy (industrial and transit profits).
Angela Merkel, which is under big pressure to end her support for the joint German-Russian project, noted:
- I know that there is controversy about Nord Stream 2 and I know the opinion of many member states
But I would like to point out that the gas delivered through Nord Stream 2, which isn’t yet flowing, is no worse than the gas from Nord Stream 1, that which flows through Ukraine, and that which comes across Turkey from Russia
We have many conflicts with Russia that unfortunately make our relationship difficult
But despite that I'm always someone who says we must talk with one another
The project is a serious obstacle for a new start in transatlantic relations.
Nord Stream 2 does have its supporters in Germany
, who argue that the Berlin government is right to resist American pressure to abandon the pipeline.
make Nord Stream 2 a sovereignty issue for Germans and other Europeans – and would set a precedent well beyond the pipeline if Berlin just gave in to economic blackmail.
The transatlantic partners
would be best advised to find a compromise on Nord Stream 2
, and to put the issue aside.
It's worth remembering that this year Angela Merkel will stepping aside after nearly 16 years in office.