The successor to German Chancellor Angela Merkel as chair of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and candidate for the country’s chancellor, Armin Laschet, has found a way to resolve differences over the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. It is reported by RIA News…
As the politician said during a discussion organized by the Stuttgarter Zeitung newspaper, he still considers the project to be economic, but the operation of the gas pipeline should not “dehydrate” Ukraine, Laschet believes.
“It was agreed. The Federal Chancellor guaranteed it. And the pipeline will probably be ready in August-September, then a new European permit will need to be issued again so that the gas can flow, ”Laschet said. In his opinion, simultaneously with the issuance of a permit, a condition should be made stating that Nord Stream 2 “cannot be used for geopolitical purposes”. The politician stressed that if the geopolitical conditions are taken into account, then “politically it does not matter” whether gas is transported by land or by sea.
The moderator of the discussion pointed out that the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy spoke about the losses from the lack of gas transit throughout the country. Laschet replied that “we will need more gas in the coming years.” He drew attention to the fact that more and more Western European countries are abandoning fossil energy sources. “We need to make a decision, so Nord Stream 2 is a project to which I say: okay, I don’t prohibit it,” concluded Armin Laschet.
Earlier Laschet spoke about the importance of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline for the country. According to him, this gas is necessary for the transition to green energy. At the same time, he noted that the FRG clearly understands what the significance of the gas pipeline will be for the country’s Eastern European partners, in particular, for Ukraine.
On June 10, the operator Nord Stream 2 AG announced that the construction of the first string of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline had been completed. The company noted that the pipe-laying was completed on June 4, and an overlap was made on June 10 – the offshore sections of the gas pipeline laid from the side of Russia and Germany were interconnected. Pipe-laying work on the offshore section of the second string is still ongoing.