MOSCOW, February 28 – RIA Novosti. Germany risks facing claims for damages if the construction of Nord Stream 2 is halted, German Environment Minister Svenja Schulze said in an interview with Welt am Sonntag. “We cannot give up coal, nuclear energy and gas in one fell swoop. “, – said Schulze. According to her, Germany will need gas in this and in the next decade. Accents “In addition, if we stop the project, we run the risk of facing claims for damages in international arbitration courts,” the minister said.
Nord Stream 2 envisages the construction of two strings of a gas pipeline with a total capacity of 55 billion cubic meters of gas a year from the Russian coast through the Baltic Sea to Germany. The project is actively opposed by the United States, which is promoting its liquefied natural gas to the EU, as well as Ukraine and a number of European countries. In December 2019, the United States imposed sanctions on the gas pipeline, as a result of which the Swiss Allseas was forced to stop laying.
The Russian Federation has repeatedly stated that this project is commercial and beneficial to Europe. Germany is in favor of completing the gas pipeline and rejects unilateral extraterritorial US sanctions.