Berlin will not change its position on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project after the new United States administration takes office, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said, adding that EU sovereignty doesn’t not equal U.S. bidding.
“We don’t need to talk about European sovereignty if it means that in the future, we will only do everything Washington wants”, Maas told the Germany DPA news agency while commenting on the German government’s stance on the Russian gas pipeline project.
The pipe line has long been a point of contention between Berlin and Washington.
A project backed by Russian state-owned Gazprom as well as German, French, and British energy companies, Nord stream 2 if completed would Link Siberia’s gas fields with consumers in Western Europe.
The U.S. repeatedly sought to undermine its construction mostly through sanctions targeting European companies involved in the project in particular while arguing that it undermines European sovereignty by making Europe too dependent on Russian gas.
But European countries see the U.S. actions as the pursuit of its own purely economic goal which is to increase its own sales of liquefied natural gas to its European partners.
Germany has been one of the staunchest defenders of the Nord Stream 2. However earlier Mass said that he expected to resolve the issue through reaching a deal with the Joe Biden administration.
He also admitted that Berlin is perfectly aware that there is”hardly any difference in views between Democrats and Republicans” when it comes to the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.
Recently the company managing the construction told DPA news agency that a section of the pipeline in the German exclusive economic zone was completed.
Earlier, the CEO of the Russian energy giant Gazprom Alexey Miller confirmed that 94 percent of the pipeline had been completed and further works in Danish waters should start at some point in January.
Denmark approved the construction in early October.
When commissioned Nord Stream 2 pipeline will supply Europe with up to 55 billion cubic meters of natural gas per year on top of the 55 BCM being pumped through Nord Stream 1.
German Chancellor Angel Merkel has been arguing that completion of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline is in Germany’s interest as its in European interests.