Nord Stream 2 has provoked controversy between the Bundestag and the Merkel government

The German Cabinet of Ministers has questioned the calls by members of parliament to heed Washington’s arguments regarding the blockage of Nord Stream 2.

Steffen Seibert, spokesman for the German Federal Government, said this when commenting on the Bundestag Economic Service report.

The document stated that Berlin “should not completely ignore the reasoning of the United States”, despite the fact that the American administration is trying to harm the German economy with its sanctions.

The authors recognise that Washington uses ‘far-fetched’ justifications to protect its own interests, but this is the result of political decisions that have no legal restrictions in terms of international law.

“The government has serious doubts about whether extraterritorial sanctions are in accordance with international law. We have to examine and evaluate the report in detail,” Seibert said.

As News Front previously reported, the United States remains a staunch opponent to the construction of Nord Stream 2. This is because Russian gas supplied by pipeline is much cheaper than American LNG. The launch of Nord Stream 2 will cause serious damage to American energy companies, and Washington has repeatedly tried to block the construction of the Russian gas pipeline with sanctions pressure.

Lobbyists of American interests also exist in European political circles. They became more active after the incident with Alexei Navalny. When Berlin decided to blame the Russian government for the poisoning of an opposition figure without proof, the opponents of Nord Stream 2 began to demand that the construction of the pipeline be stopped as a punitive measure.

At the same time, they persistently ignored the fact that abandoning the Russian gas pipeline would entail an additional cost of 4 billion euros per year for European consumers. Against this backdrop, Germany has even offered the United States a deal that could put an end to the confrontation and launch Nord Stream 2. Germany is prepared to finance the construction of two American LNG terminals in Brunsbüttel and Wilhelmshaven. This is a project worth approximately one billion euros.

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