The United States wants to supply its gas to the European market by any means, which is why it is threatened with sanctions for participating in Nord Stream-2. This was stated by the head of the Bundestag committee on economics and energy Klaus Ernst.
“This criticism is part of the US’s efforts to supply gas produced by the fracking method to the European market,” said the deputy from the Left Party. “They put pressure on the European Union and all European countries to buy as much gas from the continent as possible from At the same time, America also built terminals for receiving liquefied gas. At the same time, the US cares about its interests, not the interests of Germany or Europe. They want to provide markets and use dishonest methods.”
In his opinion, possible US sanctions against participants in Nord Stream 2 cannot comply with international law. “They are extraterritorial – they are used outside the United States and are aimed at enterprises that are not American. Germany and the European Union have the right to implement such an energy policy as they think is right. For this, we do not need advice and coercion from the United States,” said the head of the committee.
Ernst recalled that gas production is declining in Europe, which is why resources from the Russian Federation cannot be dispensed with. He does not share the view that Germany will depend on Russia after the completion of the construction of Nord Stream 2.
“I think this is nonsense. The relationship is mutual – we need gas, and Russia wants to sell this gas. For 40 years it has been working well. From mutual dependence fruitful cooperation can be obtained. It has value and allows you to maintain understanding, including in difficult times”, the politician added.