Tuesday, April 20, 2021
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AKK questions the use of Nord Stream 2
The CDU Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has doubts as to whether the controversial Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline will even go into operation. On the other hand, she believes that a construction freeze – as demanded by the USA or the EU Parliament – is hardly possible.
Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer questioned the use of the controversial Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline in Paris. The question arises whether Nord Stream 2 will be used in the future, “whether gas is passed through, how much gas is passed through,” said the CDU politician at a debate between the Ifri think tank and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation. As far as they know, lawyers are currently working on the question. On the other hand, she sees little scope to stop the almost completed project.
Nord Stream 2 has been one of the main points of contention in German-American relations for years. The USA fear that Europe is too dependent on Russian gas and wants to stop the project with sanctions. So far, the federal government has repeatedly pointed out that this is an economic project. But now it is coming under increasing pressure, and Eastern European countries such as Poland and the Baltic countries are also rejecting the pipeline. And the EU Parliament is also calling for construction to be halted. Tensions with Russia because of its troop deployment on the Ukrainian border and the imprisonment of the prominent Kremlin critic Alexej Navalny have increased criticism of the project.
CDU Chancellor Angela Merkel, on the other hand, has once again defended the controversial German-Russian pipeline project Nord Stream 2. Basically, Russian gas that reaches Europe through the Baltic Sea is no worse than gas via Ukraine or Turkey, said Merkel via video link in the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. You have the impression that the criticism of the project is about the overriding question: “How do we want to trade with Russia?”
“We have many conflicts with Russia, which unfortunately make our relationship difficult,” said Merkel. “But we still have to talk.” Against this background, Germany opted for Nord Stream 2, even if many disagree in this “political battle”.