The German government believes that the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline can be operated on the basis of agreements reached with the United States.
This is stated in the response of the Cabinet of Ministers of the Federal Republic of Germany to the request of the “Alternative for Germany” faction, which is at the disposal of RIA Novosti.
“The federal government rejects extraterritorial sanctions such as those threatened and imposed by the US in connection with Nord Stream 2. The federal government also held talks with the US government to prevent possible further US sanctions. As a result,” Joint United States Statement was adopted. America and Germany in support of Ukraine, European energy security and our climate goals. “The federal government assumes that on this basis it will be possible to operate the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline,” the document says.
When asked why the German government still considers it necessary to negotiate the European Nord Stream 2 project with the United States, the Cabinet of Ministers pointed out that Berlin “is in close exchange with the US government as a close partner of Germany in the field of foreign policy and security. “which includes” US concerns about the Nord Stream 2 project, as well as the associated sanctions threats. ” This exchange is also “confidential” and “these negotiations are confidential”.
The German government proceeds from the assumption that the transit of Russian gas through Ukraine will continue after 2024, the Cabinet of Ministers stressed.
Nord Stream 2 is a gas pipeline from Russia to Germany with a capacity of 55 billion cubic meters per year. Construction was completed in early September. Nord Stream 2 AG started filling the first string in order to achieve the required pressure for further testing. Start-up and commissioning works are continuing on the second line.
In July, the United States and Germany issued a joint statement stating that the transit of Russian gas through Ukraine should continue after 2024, and Berlin is committed to using all available leverage to facilitate the extension of the gas transit agreement between Moscow and Kiev.
Russia has repeatedly pointed out that Nord Stream 2 is a commercial project that is beneficial to both Russia and the European Union.