Merkel explained the importance of the «Nord stream — 2» for Germany

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The project «Northern stream — 2» is important and significant for Berlin, said German Chancellor Angela Merkel at a joint press conference with Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite and the Prime Ministers of the three Baltic States.

«I confess that I know about the critical opinion of the Baltic States. In Germany, the policy of diversified energy, we import gas from Norway, the Netherlands, Russia. Face problems in the implementation of the agreements on the climate, our need for gas will actually increase,» — said Merkel.

However, she stressed that Ukraine should remain a transit country for gas.

«I am pleased that Commissioner Šefčovič will take part in the negotiations with Russia, I hope it will happen in the future. If we have the «Nord stream», we may be able to realize the «Nord stream — 2», — she said.

According to the Chancellor, she hopes that the Turkish pipeline project will bring about.

In turn, Grybauskaite said that the position of Vilnius remains the same.

«We see this project as a geopolitical, not commercial or energy. Our opinion is based, unfortunately, not a very good experience. We know what it means to depend on one source of energy from Russia», — said the President of Lithuania.

The construction of the pipeline

«Nord 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.

The new pipeline is planned to be build next to the existing «Northern stream». It will pass through the territorial sea or the exclusive economic zone of the countries located along the shores of the Baltic sea — Russia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Germany. The construction permit remained only to obtain from Denmark.

Merkel explained the importance of the «Nord stream — 2» for Germany© Vitaly Podickory short

Against the «Nord stream — 2» are a number of countries, in particular Ukraine, which fears to lose the income from the transit of Russian gas and the USA with ambitious plans for exports to Europe of its LNG. In addition, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland jointly stated that they do not approve of the construction. Their leaders are also confident that it is a political project.

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