the gas Pipeline “Nord stream-2” must be completed, said German Chancellor Angela Merkel. She believes that the U.S. plans to impose extraterritorial sanctions do not meet the legal requirements and expectations of Germany. Answering questions of parliamentarians in the Bundestag, Madam Chancellor acknowledged that the construction faces challenges, but “we still believe that it will be correct to finish the project.”
Admitting that “Nord stream-2” is an economic project with a political component Merkel said that Germany has put a lot of efforts to conclude with Ukraine transit agreement in the coming years.
Earlier it was reported that the United States threatened the “Nord stream-2” sanctions in the case that the owners will attempt to finish the pipeline.
Today in the Bundestag held a public hearing, which was attended by members of the German foreign Ministry, the Ministry of economy, ex-Chancellor of Germany Gerhard Schroeder and other experts. In Berlin do not want to threaten the United States with retaliatory sanctions, but “ready to think” if no other decision will be, RIA Novosti quoted the head of the Bundestag Committee for economy and energy of Klaus Ernst.
“and the stream-2” involves the construction of two pipelines with a total capacity of 55 billion cubic meters of gas off the coast of Russia through the Baltic sea to Germany. Against the project actively advocate USA, in the EU promoting its liquefied natural gas, as well as Ukraine and several European countries.