Ulrike Demmer: The German Authorities Continue To Consider Nord Stream 2 An Economic Project
Ulrike Demmer: The German authorities continue to consider Nord Stream 2 as an economic project.
Germany continues to insist that Nord Stream 2 is an economic project, and Berlin does not support unilateral US sanctions against the project, according to the representative of the German Cabinet of Ministers Ulrike Demmer at a briefing in Berlin.
"The government's position on Nord Stream 2 has not changed," she said. According to her, this is "an economic project that has a political aspect." For Berlin, it is important that Ukraine retains the function of gas transit after the project is completed, Demmer added.
She noted that Germany "has always made it clear that it rejects" unilateral extraterritorial sanctions.
As previously reported by the newspaper "Welt am Sontag," representatives of the American authorities have already held talks with German and European companies that are involved in the implementation of the Nord Stream 2 project, they told the contractors about possible sanctions for participating in the construction. The article says that several video conferences were held, and representatives of the state Department, the ministries of Finance and Energy took part in them from the American side. It is not specified which of the contractors were negotiated with.
Demmer said Berlin was "aware of these contacts." "The Federal government also maintains contacts on this subject," she added.