Naryshkin Named The Primary Goal Of The US Coalition Against Nord Stream 2
The main goal of promoting the "Navalny case" for some Western countries is to block the construction of the Nord Stream 2, Director of the Foreign Intelligence Service (FIS) Sergey Naryshkin told reporters.
"The SVR of Russia records the high activity of some Western countries to promote the so-called "Navalny case." It is becoming increasingly clear that one of the main targets of this campaign is Nord Stream 2," he said.
On Monday, US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo said that Washington is forming a coalition to prevent the completion of Nord Stream 2, and hopes that the pipeline will not be completed. He also added that the United States could prepare a response to the situation with Russian blogger Alexey Navalny.
The closure of Nord stream 2 is extremely important for Washington to increase the supply of liquefied natural gas to Europe, Naryshkin believes.
"Efforts to block this route under the guise of" punishing Russia for Navalny "are a typical example of unfair competition for the European gas market. It is extremely important for Washington to achieve the closure of this project, which calls into question The white house's plans to increase the supply of American LNG to Europe," he said.
The head of the SVR noted that in this context, us President Donald trump's calls for Germany to withdraw from Nord Stream 2, statements by Secretary of state Mike Pompeo about including the gas pipeline in the new version of the law" countering America's adversaries through sanctions," threats by several Republican senators to the leadership of the German port of Mukran are indicative.
Also, according to Naryshkin, most people in Europe understand that the rejection of the Nord Stream 2 project will cause them significant damage. "The resource base for restarting the European economy will narrow, which will fall by the end of this year, according to Deutsche Bank, will amount to 8.6 percent of GDP," he said.
He noted that the problem of employing the conditions of the "COVID crisis" will become more acute.
"I think that the EU will not act concerning the Nord Stream 2 on the principle: to spite my grandmother, I will freeze my ears. Moreover, the winter is promised to be cold, and a lot of gas will be needed," Naryshkin said.
Nord Stream 2 involves the construction of two strands of a gas pipeline with a total capacity of 55 billion cubic meters of gas per year from the coast of Russia through the Baltic sea to Germany. The project is actively opposed by the United States, which promotes its liquefied natural gas in the EU, as well as Ukraine and several European countries. States in December 2019 imposed sanctions against the project, requiring the companies leading the laying to immediately stop construction. Swiss Allseas almost immediately announced the suspension of the gas pipeline.
The Nord Stream 2 project is implemented by Nord Stream 2 AG with the sole shareholder, Gazprom. European partners-Royal Dutch Shell, OMV, Engie, Uniper, and Wintershall-collectively Finance the project by 50%, that is, up to 950 million euros each.