Steffen Kottere, a member of the Bundestag Committee on Energy, stated that the situation around the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline is still non-transparent.
According to him, after Washington’s decision to waive a number of sanctions against the operator of the Nord Stream 2 AG project, it would be politically correct to initiate countermeasures against the United States – for example, to increase customs duties on American natural gas (LNG).
“The situation is confusing. There are only a few kilometers left to build, everyone knows that. I can’t judge how deep the rethinking goes in the U.S. administration. I hope this important project finally comes to a successful conclusion,” noted Kotre .
Discussing the issues of national interests of the United States in ensuring energy security of European partners the member of Bundestag Committee added that “if the threat of sanctions from the US administration was really dictated by concern about energy security of Europe they should have imposed sanctions against the German government long ago.
Also, according to Kotre, the German government’s decision to abandon coal and nuclear power poses a threat to the energy security of Germany and Europe. According to him, the launch of Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline will help mitigate this decision.
The day before the U.S. imposed and immediately suspended sanctions against the company Nord Stream 2 AG, involved in the construction of the pipeline, as well as named four ships and four organizations that “will be subject to sanctions” in connection with its construction.
On the night of May 20, it became known that the United States would continue to oppose the construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.