MOSCOW, March 3 – RIA Novosti. The administration of US President Joe Biden should not give up pressure on European companies on Nord Stream 2 because of “public politeness” in relations with Germany, writes the National Interest.
According to the author of the material, any further steps by Washington will not help to avoid disappointment on the part of certain international partners. The support of the project by European countries, despite the American sanctions, shows what a huge influence Russia has in the region thanks to gas supplies. Therefore, the White House does not need to look for “a magic tool that would suit everyone,” the article notes.
“There is only a harsh reality of the US national interests, and they demand that an end to Nord Stream 2 be put down,” the journalist emphasized.
The author points out that attempts to block the completion of the project are often viewed as an unnecessary aggravation of bilateral relations with Germany, since the construction of the gas pipeline will be completed in any case. However, according to the journalist, the United States managed to prevent its implementation and it is impossible to abandon this course.
“There can be only one victorious outcome in this game of geopolitical chess. For the United States, agreeing to the completion of Nord Stream 2 will be a historic mistake. It's time to checkmate this project,” an NI official urged.
Nord Stream 2
Nord Stream 2 envisages 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. Most of the pipes have already been laid, about 148 kilometers of the total length of 2,460 kilometers remained unfinished: 120 of them are in the waters of Denmark and 28 are in Germany.
The project is actively opposed by the United States, which expects to promote its liquefied natural gas in Europe, Ukraine, which fears losing revenues from the transit of Russian gas, as well as Poland, Lithuania and Latvia.
In December 2019, Washington included sanctions against Nord Stream 2 in its defense budget, which put the construction on hold. In 2020, the White House continued to impose new restrictions against the project, but work resumed in December: the ship Fortuna laid 2.6 kilometers of pipes in German waters. The laying of threads in Danish waters is scheduled to be completed by the end of April.
Germany is in favor of completion and rejects unilateral US sanctions. Russia has repeatedly stressed that this project is commercial and beneficial to Europe. In addition, it does not imply the termination of gas transit through Ukraine.