Sep 13, 2020
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The European Union refused to decide the fate of Nord Stream 2

The decision on the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline lies with Germany, not the European Union, which has never been very enthusiastic about the project. This was announced on September 13 by the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell.

Nord Stream 2 is not a European project. The European Commission has never shown strong enthusiasm for Nord Stream 2, - reported in an interview with the Financial Times, the diplomat, adding that the fate of the project is up to the Germans.

At the same time, Borrell suggested that the European Union should respond by imposing sanctions on the alleged poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, if there is "clear evidence" that specific officials were involved.

According to the EU representative, the sanctions would be similar to those that Brussels introduced in 2018 after the alleged poisoning in English Salisbury of a former GRU employee Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.

Earlier, Politico named six options that Germany has to "abandon" the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, allowing others to do their "dirty work". First option implies Berlin's pressure on the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency and the Stralsund Mining Authority. The goal should be to revoke previously issued building permits. The disadvantage of this option is that, most likely, the operator of the Nord Stream 2 AG pipeline will go to court in Germany. According to the author of the publication, the amount of damage could reach € 9.5 billion. The publication offers Berlin, as a second scenario, to "see" how the lawsuit will go with non-governmental organizations for the protection of nature opposing the project. For example, the Deutsche Umwelthilfe organization considers Nord Stream 2 incompatible with the country's climatic goals and calls for stopping the construction of the gas pipeline. The possibility of a national restriction by Germany on gas imports from Russia is named the third option. Others suggest that Berlin will insist on general EU sanctions against the project or "allow the work to be done" to stop the construction of the gas pipeline to Washington. At the same time, the author believes that even with the completion of the gas pipeline, its work can be complicated by issuing a license.

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 USA, which is promoting its liquefied natural gas in the European Union, as well as Ukraine and a number of European countries, wrote.

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