Sep 12, 2020
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The expert considers the position of Denmark on “Nord Stream 2” absurd

Igor Yushkov, a leading analyst at the National Energy Security Fund, said that Denmark would not be able to influence the construction of Nord Stream 2.

So he is in an interview with NSN commented the initiative of the Danish Prime Minister Mette Fredriksen, who suggested starting a new discussion of the gas pipeline construction due to the situation with Alexei Navalny.

According to Yushkov, Fredriksen's position on Nord Stream 2 looks absurd. Copenhagen's arguments that the implementation of the project would lead to an increase in dependence on gas from Russia are untenable. Without concluding new contracts, the same volumes of gas will flow through the pipeline, only the delivery route will change, the expert emphasized.

Denmark cannot unilaterally impose sanctions, like any other EU country, because the issue of sanctions is at the supranational level, - Yushkov clarified.

At the same time, the expert does not consider Denmark a serious player in the implementation of Nord Stream 2. Having issued a building permit, Copenhagen simply cannot take it away.

It is necessary to justify the position not from a political point of view, but technically, - Yushkov thinks.

Earlier reported that the statement by Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen about the need to start a new discussion on the future of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline is an attempt to show the existence of some European solidarity in the implementation of the project. This opinion is shared by a member of the Federation Council Vladimir Dzhabarov. According to him, the fate of the gas pipeline mainly depends on the position of Germany as the most interested party.

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