Sep 12, 2020
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Denmark supports new discussion on the fate of Nord Stream 2

Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen supported the start of a new discussion on the future of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. Talks about the termination of the project began in Germany after the hospitalization of opposition politician Alexei Navalny.

I think this is positive. I have been against Nord Stream 2 throughout the entire time. I don't think we need to make ourselves dependent on Russian gas. It would be nice if we could start a new discussion about this., - quotes TASS of the Prime Minister.

Denmark was the last of the countries through whose water area the gas pipeline should pass to give permission for the construction of Nord Stream 2. This decision was welcomed by Russian President Vladimir Putin. The head of state noted that Denmark has shown itself as a responsible participant in international communication, protecting its interests and its sovereignty.

Talks about stopping the implementation of Nord Stream 2 began in Germany after the hospitalization of opposition leader Alexei Navalny - the leaders of the Soyuz-90 / Green party categorically demanded that the project be stopped. The liberal Free Democratic Party has proposed a moratorium on construction until all issues are clarified. Friedrich Merz, the candidate for the post of chairman of the Christian Democratic Union, asked the same. The left party opposed.

And German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said that Germany is considering a complete freeze of the Nord Stream 2 project as a reaction to the "poisoning" of Alexei Navalny. According to him, the final decision on the project will depend on the position of Russia. He noted that this incident cannot be ignored. Sometimes, according to Maas, measures should be taken, "thereby saying that we do not want to live in a world without rules."

Nord Stream 2 envisages two pipelines with a total capacity of 55 billion cubic meters per year. They will stretch from the Russian coast through the Baltic Sea to Germany. Communications will also pass through Finland, Sweden and Denmark. The project cost is estimated at € 9.5 billion, and half of this amount is accounted for by Western enterprises. At this time, the project has been implemented by 93%.

Gazprom's European partners are German Uniper and Wintershall, Austrian OMV, French Engie and Anglo-Dutch Shell. The project is actively opposed by the United States, which is promoting its liquefied natural gas in the European Union, as well as Ukraine and a number of European countries.

Alexei Navalny is being treated at the Berlin clinic Charité, where he was transported by an ambulance plane on August 22. He spent more than two weeks in a coma. Two days earlier, the politician was hospitalized in the Omsk hospital, where he was taken from an emergency landing of a passenger airliner.

The oppositionist felt bad when he was heading from Tomsk to Moscow. His associates suspected deliberate poisoning. Russian doctors did not find any poisons in Navalny's body, but their German colleagues believe that he was nevertheless poisoned with a substance from a group codenamed “Novichok”, wrote.

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