MOSCOW, February 14 – RIA Novosti. Swedish parliamentarian Bjorn Seder sent a request to Foreign Minister Ann Linde to pressure Berlin on the Nord Stream 2 issue, RT reports.
Seder proposed to oppose the construction of the gas pipeline in response to “Russia's actions” towards Alexei Navalny, as well as three European diplomats declared by Moscow persona non grata. He also mentioned the “risky” nature of the project for the EU.
“The Russian gas pipeline Nord Stream 2, going to Germany, is a threat to security policy, while it makes Europe dependent on Russian gas,” the MEP stressed, while admitting that it is still difficult to abandon the project, since Germany does not intend to stop the construction of the gas pipeline.
“Nord Stream – 2”
The project involves the construction of two lines of a gas pipeline with a total capacity of 55 billion cubic meters per year from the Russian coast through the Baltic Sea to Germany. The United States actively opposes it, promoting its liquefied natural gas to the EU, as well as Ukraine and a number of European countries. At the end of 2019, Washington adopted a defense budget that included sanctions against companies participating in the Nord Stream 2 project. Because of this, construction was suspended: the Swiss company Allseas, which was engaged in laying pipes, immediately stopped work. However, last December, Nord Stream 2 AG was able to resume pipe-laying in the exclusive economic zone of Germany using an anchored vessel Fortuna.
Meanwhile, on January 1, the US Senate voted in favor of the defense budget for fiscal 2021, which provides for the expansion of sanctions against Nord Stream 2. The measures apply to organizations that have provided services for testing, inspection or certification. As a result, the Norwegian company DNV GL and the Danish consulting firm Rambøll announced their withdrawal from the project. The pipe-laying ship Fortuna and the company KBT-Rus, which owns it, also fell under Washington's restrictions.
According to Nord Stream 2 AG (the operator of the project), approximately 148 kilometers of the pipeline out of the total length of its two lines of 2,460 kilometers remain unfinished. It remains to lay 120 kilometers in the waters of Denmark, as well as about 28 kilometers in the waters of Germany.
German authorities have agreed on the possibility of laying with the help of “Fortuna” by the end of May. At the same time, work is now being carried out in the waters of Denmark. The Danish Maritime Agency issued a notice on February 8 according to which the construction of two lines of the pipeline in Danish waters is planned to be completed by the end of April.