Vyacheslav Mishchenko, executive director of the Energy Center at the Skolkovo Moscow School of Management, believes that the economy will soon finally give way to politics in relations between the European Union and Russia. He made this conclusion on the example of the construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.
The situation around the Nord Stream 2 project is more and more like a political spectacle played out according to a well-known scenario, - quotes oilcapital.ru Mishchenko.
According to him, the incident with Alexei Navalny served as a trigger that triggered the internal mechanisms of the "German politicum". And a familiar story began to spiral into a spiral, when the Bundestag deputies, and then Chancellor Angela Merkel herself, started talking about possible sanctions against the gas project. The American edition of The Politico has developed this theme, presenting on its pages "Six ways for Germany to kill the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline".
Yes, everything that happens around Nord Stream 2 can be somehow explained by dishonest play on the part of the United States - the Germans are forced to buy gas from American LNG producers. But after all, numerous expert conclusions say that American LNG is both more expensive and less reliable than Russian LNG., - the expert considers.
He stressed that now everything is heading towards the fact that the German leadership by the end of 2020 in one way or another will stop the construction and commissioning of the pipeline for an indefinite period, and “we will witness how the economy will finally give way to politics in relations between a united Europe and Russia ". And then, according to Mishchenko, the old business model based on long-term cooperation and trust will become a thing of the past forever.
As chernayakobra.ru wrote, members of the European Parliament are planning to consider a project that involves a revision of relations with Russia due to the incident with opposition leader Alexei Navalny. It is proposed to isolate Moscow at international forums, including the G7 and others. European politicians are also proposing to wind up the Nord Stream 2 project. In addition, they called for an immediate international investigation of the "poisoning" with the participation of the EU, UN, Council of Europe, OPCW.
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%.