Nord Stream 2: The German Cabinet Of Ministers Will Continue To Support Companies Participating In The Project
The German government remains positive about the Nord Stream 2 project, looks forward to its completion, and will continue to provide political support to the companies involved, according to Cabinet's response to the request of the Alternative for Germany (ADG) faction in the Bundestag. The document appeared on the website of the German Parliament this Monday.
"The German government continues to positively assess the Nord Stream 2 project," it says. From the point of view of the German Cabinet, it is "primarily a commercial project."
"The German government is currently not aware of how the project will be implemented technically, but it assumes that Nord Stream 2 will be completed. The government will continue to provide political support to the companies involved in the project," the response to the Deputy's request emphasizes.
The German authorities do not believe that the slowdown in the construction of the pipeline threatens the energy security of Germany. "Germany's infrastructure is sufficiently diversified to provide the country with energy resources during the suspension of construction," the document says.
Berlin again stated that they reject in principle the extraterritorial us sanctions against Nord Stream 2, but do not intend to bill Washington for slowing down the project, which, according to the ADG deputies, resulted in restrictive measures of the United States. "No, there are no such plans in the government," the response says. The German government also stressed that they do not believe that "German policy on the implementation of the Nord Stream 2 poses a threat to NATO."
Nord Stream 2 includes two lines of a gas pipeline with a total capacity of 55 billion cubic meters of gas per year, which are laid from the coast of Russia through the Baltic sea to Germany. Gazprom's European partners in the project are Germany's Uniper and Wintershall, Austria's OMV, France's Engie, and Anglo-Dutch Shell. The pipeline under construction bypasses transit States-Ukraine, Belarus, Poland, and other Eastern European and Baltic countries - through the exclusive economic zones and territorial waters of Russia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, and Germany.
The German government has repeatedly said that it considers this project economic. However, Berlin is in favor of Ukraine retaining its role as a transit country in the future. Berlin also criticized the extraterritorial sanctions that Washington threatens the participants of the project.