The US cannot prevent the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline and “Germany can ot leave Nord Stream 2 at the current stage,” said the Russian-German Forum’s scientific director, Alexander Rahr.
In addition, Rahr stressed that “Europe needs gas, which can only come from Russia or Norway,” noting that “there are no other sources.”
US President Donald Trump “will not be able to stop Nord Stream 2, because Germany, Austria and a number of other countries, particularly its business communities, will respond with a firm ‘no’,” said the expert at the round table of the “Vladimir Putin’s Visit to Berlin: the Results of the Negotiations” seminar organized by Rossiya Segodnya.
Negotiations were held in Berlin between Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on 18 August. Both leaders examined the Nord Stream 2 project and the need to protect it from possible sanctions related to its realization, according to Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov.
The Nord Stream 2 project, driven by an alliance of Russian, German, Austrian, French and Dutch companies, aims to diversify fuel supply routes to Europe and encourage energy security between all these states.
It is planned two pipelines will be installed on the Baltic seabed to transport 55 billion cubic meters of gas per year. The gas pipeline will pass through the economic zones of Germany, Finland, Russia, Sweden and Denmark.
So far, only Denmark has not yet approved the construction, in addition to the disapproval of other countries such as USA, Ukraine, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland, who claim that this may increase the dependence of European countries on Russian gas.
However, Moscow and Berlin have repeatedly pointed out that Nord Stream is a purely commercial project.
Washington and other enemies of Russia know that once the Nord Stream project is finalized and completed, relations between Russia and Europe will enhance and will no longer be dictated by the US.