In the dispute over Nord Stream 2 The outgoing US government wants to impose last-minute sanctions against the gas pipeline between Russia and Germany.
In the dispute over Nord Stream 2 The outgoing US government wants to impose sanctions against gas at the last minute-Pipeline impose between Russia and Germany. The planned punitive measures are aimed at a Russian pipe-laying ship. The Eastern Committee of the German Economy said on Tuesday, he sees another one “good opportunity”, that Berlin will find a solution with the new US government under Joe Biden – and the pipeline after all “promptly” is completed.
The Federal Ministry of Economics announced on Monday evening, The outgoing US administration under President Donald Trump will take office on Tuesday sanctions against the Russian laying ship “Fortuna” and its owner, the Russian company KVT-RUS, impose. Washington informed the federal government and other European partners about this on Monday. “We note the announcement with regret”, said a ministry spokesman.
The pipeline is intended to expand the potential for Russian gas deliveries Deutschland increase significantly, but fuels tensions both within the EU and with the USA. Trump's US government firmly rejects the construction of the pipeline and has already imposed an end to it 2019 Sanctions against the operators of pipe-laying vessels; Washington also threatened further sanctions against the companies involved.
The laying work was therefore carried out in December 2019 been suspended. According to the operating company, the pipeline is currently north Stream 2 AG, which, in addition to the Russian energy giant Gazprom, also includes Uniper and Wintershall from Germany, the French company Engie, The British-Dutch group Shell and OMV from Austria are involved as financial investors, to 94 percent complete. Accordingly, there are still about 120 Kilometers of pipeline in Danish and a little over 30 kilometers in German waters.
The chairman of the Eastern Committee, Oliver Hermes, explained, leading US Democrats, including Secretary of State-designate Antony Blinken, would have made it clear, that they are patronizing important allies USA in style of “America First” refuse. “The new sanctions against an energy project represent nothing else, In addition to Russian companies, there are also companies from Germany, France, the Netherlands and Austria are involved”, Hermes emphasized.
He welcomed the EU Commission's action plan to strengthen the resilience of the European economy- and financial system, which should be passed on Tuesday. It is intended to better protect European companies from sanctions by third countries such as the USA. Countermeasures outside the trade area should also be considered and legal protection for EU companies should be increased.
The chairman of the Eastern Committee also commented “surprised” about demands from Green politicians, for example, to stop the pipeline politically now or to impose a moratorium. “The Nord Stream project 2 is privately financed and implemented on the basis of applicable EU law. Politician, want to subordinate the legal principles to the general political situation, are walking on thin ice”, Hermes explained. Investment security is a key achievement of the European internal market – “this should not be questioned”.
Hermes pointed out: “If gas deliveries from Russia stop, Supply could be secured by importing LNG gas.” However, importing fracking gas from the USA would be significantly more expensive and more environmentally damaging. “Should Nord Stream 2 being stopped, is primarily with rising gas- and electricity prices for European consumers and industry.”
The economic policy spokesman for the Left Party, Klaus Ernst, called it “unbearable”, how the USA wanted to enforce the economic interests of its gas industry and thereby reduce so-called allies to recipients of orders. He is calling on the federal government, to summon the charge d'affaires of the US Embassy and to make the Federal Government's position unmistakably clear. Because: He's afraid, “The new president will not change his country's aggressive economic policy either”, explained Ernst.
The inauguration in Washington will take place on Wednesday. The Trump administration's term ends at 12.00 Washington time.