The German authorities do not intend to change their position on the completion of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline with the coming to power in the United States of the Joe Biden administration. This was stated by German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas.
He noted that on “central strategic and geopolitical issues” the European country is united with the United States. However, on a number of key topics, the positions are still different, transfers “Politics Today”.
We won’t have to talk about European sovereignty if it means that in the future we will do everything only the way Washington wants, – quotes Maas “Look”.
The Nord Stream 2 project involves the construction of two 1220 km long pipeline strings, each from the Russian coast through the Baltic Sea to Germany. It was originally supposed to be completed by the end of 2019. However, the Dutch company Allseas, fearing US sanctions, withdrew its pipe-laying vessels from the Baltic Sea. Russia decided to complete the project on its own. Despite the US sanctions, the construction of Nord Stream 2 was resumed. The pipe-laying barge Fortuna has already started work on the unfinished section of the gas pipeline in German waters. Construction is expected to be completed within a few months.
In 2020, the United States increasingly sought to force the German authorities to rewrite their energy policy and abandon cooperation with Russia.
At the same time, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said earlier that the attitude of the German authorities to the Russian gas project Nord Stream 2 has remained the same over the past years, regardless of foreign policy circumstances.
The Russian Foreign Ministry, in turn, is confident that Nord Stream 2 will be completed and put into operation, despite attempts by ill-wishers to disrupt the project. According to First Deputy Foreign Minister Vladimir Titov, not only Russia, which exports gas, is interested in the gas pipeline, but also many European states that buy this fuel, including Germany.
Meanwhile, on December 22, the construction of the onshore section of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline was completed; it is ready for commissioning. From January 15, 2021, Fortuna will begin work on laying Nord Stream 2 in the exclusive economic zone of Denmark, chernayakobra.ru wrote.