Moscow, Aug. 9
On July 21, Germany and the United States announced an agreement on a North Stream 2 project under the Baltic Sea to transport gas from Russia’s Arctic region to Germany. Through this agreement, Berlin promised to “take action” nationally and not to use Eurasian energy as a “weapon” or to carry out “acts of aggression” against Ukraine.
In an interview published by the Russian newspaper this Monday Isvestia, Russia’s ambassador to Germany, Sergei Nechev, has promised that the project is in the final stages of construction and will not have any impact on the anti – US process or completion date.
“We start with the fact that the German-US agreement will not affect the pace of construction or the completion date of Nortstream 2. Construction is in its final stages and will be completed in a few weeks,” he said. said..
Nachev insisted that the United States and Germany had not “terminated” the agreement on Nort Stream 2 and that the announcement was a joint declaration. According to the Russian ambassador, the joint Berlin-Washington report “has no specific obligation” to Moscow because it did not participate in the expansion.
The Nord Srtream 2, the second link between Russia and Germany – since its first opening in 2011 – is capable of carrying about 55 billion cubic meters of gas per year.
The White House opposes such a mega project, noting that Russia’s influence in Europe will increase through this pipeline at a time when tensions between the two powers are rising. Russia has rejected US pressure, describing the threats as an attempt to force Europeans to buy North American liquefied petroleum gas.
Opposition to North Stream 2 has plunged Germany into a diplomatic, economic and geopolitical dilemma, the main reason for US opposition to the German-Russian alliance involved in the aforementioned gas pipeline.
The project makes Germany the main recipient of Russian gas, but its expansion includes other European countries, which require Russian gas due to its continued benefits compared to the forced supply of liquefied petroleum gas in the United States, which is very expensive and European decision to stop the use of fossil fuels by 2050.