In Germany, explained why the US wants to block the «Nord stream — 2»

© Photo : Nord Stream 2 / Wolfram ScheibleТруба for the construction of the pipeline Nord stream — 2 in mülheim. Archive photoIn Germany, explained why the US wants to block the «Nord stream — 2»© Photo : Nord Stream 2 / Wolfram Scheible

The Minister of economy and energy of Germany Peter Altmaier suggested that if Berlin will refuse the project «Northern stream — 2». In his opinion, it does not guarantee the growth of imports of liquefied gas from the USA.

«The U.S. is looking for markets. We understand this and are ready to ensure that this gas is easier to come to Germany,» — said the Minister in a live TV channel ARD.

According to him, American LNG is much more expensive than gas supplied by pipeline.

Altmaier added that if the United States put at the heart of its economic interests, they should be prepared for the fact that the Europeans do the same.

Earlier, the President of the United States Donald trump at a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel a month ago I asked her to stop supporting the construction of «Nord stream — 2». This was reported edition of the Wall Street Journal, citing European and us officials.

Instead, trump offered to start negotiations on a new trade agreement.

The U.S. position

On the eve of the Deputy Director of the Department of energy the US Department of state Sandra Odekirk stated that Washington intends to prevent the construction of «Nord stream — 2». This writes Spiegel.

She said that Washington may impose sanctions against the participants of the project on construction of the pipeline. While the White House hopes that restrictive measures will not come.

According to Oudkerk, the United States would be happy if the project did not take place. The politician explained that this position is driven by geopolitical and energy reasons.

Affect Berlin will not work

Russian experts expressed their opinions about the possible refusal of Berlin from the pipeline due to pressure from Washington. In their view, Germany is unlikely to take such a step, because it leads an independent policy from the US.

Thus, the lead analyst of the national energy security Fund Igor Yushkov said that Berlin is unlikely to agree to such a deal, because trump has shown himself as an absolutely unreliable politician.

«Trump is out of the nuclear deal with Iran, implying that the Europeans should do the same, despite the fact that it is not highly profitable,» he said on radio Sputnik.

The expert noted that trump calls on Europeans to buy American goods, but it imposes duties on the European.

«That is the logic of trump is as follows: Americans should get the benefit of all, and the Europeans should pay for it,» concluded Yushkov.

In turn, expert of the Center for security studies of RAS, americanist and political scientist Konstantin Blokhin stated that this requirement is a threat to Russia, and to European States.

«Germany, as we know, expresses a more or less independent course in Europe. She refused to participate in the American adventures in the middle East. It clearly declares its interest in the «Nord stream-2″, despite the US pressure,» he said on radio Sputnik.

As noted by the political scientist Alexander Asaph, it is surprising that there is still no data on the direct US pressure on the «Nord stream — 2» and the categorical prohibition for German companies to participate in it.

«Donald trump may be in the form of an ultimatum, in the form of softer, recommendations, suggestions, tips and bargaining to put pressure on Angela Merkel,» — he said on radio Sputnik.

According to experts, the current situation does not allow the us President to dictate terms. Therefore, it can not prevent the steps, which made Merkel for the implementation of the «Nord stream — 2,» said Asaph.

«Of course, will attempt to either somehow reduce the damage to American plans to supply LNG to the us, or to change the conditions of existence of the «Nord stream-2″. But neither that, nor another I do not seem to be real», — concluded the analyst.

«Nord stream — 2»

In the framework of the project it is planned to build two pipelines with a total capacity of 55 billion cubic meters of gas off the coast of Russia through the Baltic sea to Germany. The new pipeline is planned to be build next to the existing «Northern stream».

It plans to spend 9.5 billion rubles. European partners — Shell, OMV, Engie, Uniper and Wintershall — for its part, has committed to financing the «Nord stream — 2» in total 50%, ie 950 million euros each. «Gazprom» will provide the other half of the funds to 4.75 billion euros.In Germany, explained why the US wants to block the «Nord stream — 2»© Photo : Nord Stream 2 / Axel SchmidtГлава German foreign Minister humiliated the Baltic States and Ukraine, «Russian tube»

Against the project were made by several States, particularly the United States and Ukraine, which fears to lose the income from the transit of Russian fuel. And Washington intends to supply Europe with its liquefied natural gas. The leaders of Latvia, Lithuania and Poland, in turn, believe that the construction of the gas pipeline — a political project.

Permission to build the pipeline was issued by Germany and Finland. Countries have already started the preparatory work.

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