MOSCOW, February 12 – RIA Novosti. Russia and Germany have a much closer relationship than many believe, and now the world is witnessing the emergence of a new friendship between countries, writes journalist Wolfgang Münchau in an article for Spectator magazine.
The author drew attention to the fact that Germany is interested in using the Russian Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, as well as completing the Nord Stream 2 project.
“German politicians were practically euphoric when they learned of the interim results of clinical trials of the Sputnik V vaccine in early February. low efficacy in the elderly. Technically, it is very similar to the Oxford vaccine. However, it seems that this could not reduce the degree of enthusiasm with which the Germans await the delivery of the Russian vaccine “, – says Munchau.
Earlier it was reported that some European countries have set age limits for the use of the vaccine manufactured by AstraZeneca, concluding that its effectiveness in the elderly is not well understood.
The journalist believes that the fight to complete the construction of the Russian pipeline has become the largest diplomatic crisis in transatlantic relations since the war in Iraq.
According to him, today, as then, Germany is again challenging the United States, which opposes the implementation of the project, but this time the Germans are much more determined. Germany hopes that the pipeline will simplify the country's access to Russia's vast natural gas reserves. “Germany and Russia are united by their businesslike attitude to foreign policy,” the publicist stressed.
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the EC at the end of January approved the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine for use in the European Union.
Nord Stream 2 envisages the construction of two trunk lines with a total capacity of 55 billion cubic meters per year from the Russian coast through the Baltic Sea to Germany. The pipeline will also pass through the territorial or exclusive economic zones of Finland, Sweden and Denmark.
The United States is pushing its liquefied natural gas into Europe and is trying to thwart the construction of a Russian gas pipeline. In December 2019, Washington imposed sanctions on the companies involved in the project, as a result of which the Swiss Allseas immediately ceased operations.
Laying resumed a year later: in December 2020, Nord Stream 2 AG, using the Fortuna pipelayer, laid 2.6 kilometers of pipes in German waters. The laying of two more strings in Danish waters is planned to be completed by the end of April.
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