Energy policy – Fight against Nord Stream 2 – Economy

According to Green MEP Reinhard Bütikofer, the controversial Baltic Sea gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 could become an investment ruin. “The cry of triumph with which the Russian side celebrates the completion of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline is premature,” he told the German press agency. Even if Nord Stream 2 is now built, the gas pipeline must meet the requirements of European law. There is therefore the principle of “unbundling” (unbundling), since gas production and delivery infrastructure do not have to be in one hand. In addition, third parties should have the right to supply the pipeline, for which Gazprom does not yet have a solution.

The pipeline was completed a few days ago. In the future, 55 billion cubic meters of gas will flow annually from Russia to Germany through the pipeline. The United States, Ukraine and other countries have put up fierce resistance to the pipeline. When asked if the completion of the project would be a great triumph for Russian President Vladimir Putin, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: “If Nord Stream 2 goes into service, then the suppliers of energy will be the winners as well as the consumers. So everyone. “

Green Chancellor candidate Annalena Baerbock said commissioning the pipeline would pose huge challenges. The Kremlin shamelessly declares “that the purpose of the line is to put pressure on Ukraine because Nord Stream 2 will make gas transit through Ukraine redundant,” Baerbock told Handelsblatt. “Germany’s behavior thwarts European sanctions against Russia and puts a strain on our relations with our neighbors in Eastern Europe.” In addition, the gas pipeline is unnecessary because the existing gas infrastructure is sufficient.

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